We, the church, are the marriage between Heaven and Earth. Christ, in the outpouring of His body on the cross, re-united both visible and invisible worlds into one reality.1 In the Garden of Eden, Adam walked where these two realms existed in interwoven harmony. 2 The Garden was a place of friendship where Adam communed with God and played with angels, it was a place of ultimate pleasure and unspeakable joy. Adam and Eve were removed from the garden, and their hearts grew dim, they became gripped by the temporal, lost in the natural realm.
Jesus Christ came to bring back life and life to the full!3 Jesus restored a greater glory in mankind and initiated a new existence as He was resurrected from the dead, the first born of a new creation.4 And we see God kiss His bride with this reality in Acts 2, where again the invisible and the temporal would collide and be united.
Jesus, in His goodness, would not have a people who are “spiritual” with no grip of everyday life or people who are content with only natural things. Jesus laid down His glory to live a life naturally supernatural.5 Now Christ would have us pick up the mantle and be a people who interact with God, and play in His presence, all day long.
Living aware of God is as simple as breathing; you can do it in the grocery store, at the bank, when your children are going crazy. God has brought us into union, nothing we do can change this. Our priority is to drink deep and enjoy the celebration of all God has accomplished in Jesus Christ.
Breathe in, breathe out.
1 “Since, now the immediate presence of God, the most holy place of the upper sanctuary has been made accessible by the rending of the veil of the Saviour’s flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-21, George Barker Stevens).
2 Genesis 2:7-8
3 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV).
4 “When anyone is united to Christ, there is a new world” (2 Cor.5:17 New English Bible). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV).
5 Philippians 2:5-9
6 This photo was captured by wedding photographer Gia Canali see more at: http://giacanali.com/wedding.php
7 This blog post was inspired by Justin Abraham of Emerge Wales