But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
Access. That’s the story of Jesus. Access to the Father, Creator, God. Why did Jesus come to earth? Why did Jesus have to die? Access.
We were far away, on the outside, and now we have been brought near. That’s Jesus. That’s what he does for us. God with us. God at our fingertips and as close as our breath. God in our thoughts and walking our steps; carrying our burdens and knowing our fears. God closer than loneliness and more approachable than the oldest of friends. This is God near–this is us near to God. Life in our life. Purpose in our wanderings. Hope in our darkness. God with us; God in us—through blood.
It seems a gruesome way, but it was the only way. It’s not an attractive way, but it’s the real way.
We were far away, but Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. Paul says this is the most important thing—it’s first. Because by doing these things Jesus brought us near.
Jesus allowed us to come near, but come we must. God in his graciousness does not force us. He makes the way and invites—implores—that we come. And as we come near, He comes nearer still.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
So why do we live as if we are far away? Why do mornings pass and we do not greet the day with the Father? Why do days pass and we only talk with Him when we are about to eat? Why do we walk in fear, why do we seek validation from a world that only wants to use and throw away? Why do we live far away—as if we have no power and no hope? Why do we live like the world that is still far away?
Being near to God should make us shine like the dawn. We should be visibly different even if those who see us don’t get it or know what it is. We are near, and with nearness comes a bit of the glory rubbing off. Just ask Moses. He had the nearness and it was visible.
So let’s live near. Let’s live close. Let’s embrace the God who gave all for proximity and relationship.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10