I was watching a special about the building of Gothic cathedrals and was amazed by the engineering feat that it took to build those buildings. The builders made these immense buildings without the aide of computers, but they seemed to understand how to create the arches without seeing the building collapse. The purpose of the large buildings was to allow the entire village or town to worship in the building and experience the greatness of God. What I found interesting was how the glass was made for the stained glass windows. I learned that the glass maker became a chemist as well because the colors in the glass came from different metals. Once the metal was added to the hot glass, it changed the color and became a part of the glass. The glass cooled and hardened with the metal forever in it. The two elements became one new piece of glass and when made into a stained glass window allowed the light of the sun to shine through the cathedral. This made me think of the unity we have in Christ; please look up Ephesians 2:16-17.
Christ came to bring peace to everyone - the Jews and the Gentiles. His plan for reconciliation included everyone and brought unity to all who believe and follow Him. Yesterday, I explored how that means that God created us new in an unprecedented unity. Just as the stained glass is made, we are made one to shine the light of Christ. The promise that we have as a result is that we can now come to the Father through the Holy Spirit. This is important to consider because up until Christ the only way Israel was able to approach God was through the high priest going to the Holy of Holies in the temple. Paul is now explaining that Gentiles are now able to come to God as well and everyone can come to God through the Holy Spirit.
I believe that too many Christians look at God as unapproachable and uninterested in their problems. That is so untrue! Not only does He care, but He created a way for us to approach Him. It is in this blessed unity we have in Christ that we are able to approach the King of all Kings. Christ sacrificed so we could have this gift. God wants us to come to Him for EVERYTHING. If it is important to us, He wants us to come to Him. God is the God who cares and hears us. Believe that He listens. Psalm 34:17 says, "The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles." We are His people and He hears us.
Do you come to God?
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