God’s Zeal for His House – Jesus’ Passion

*** This article is part of a blog series by a Guest AuthorNic Thackwray. It is a journey into understanding better God’s Zeal for His House. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***

For Jesus, establishing God’s house of prayer took drinking the cup of the wrath and fury of His Father against all our sin.

…when Christ came into the world, he said,
Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me…
Then I said, Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.
Hebrews 10:5,7

What was this will (desire) of God that Jesus had come to do? God’s will was for Jesus to take on flesh (and vulnerability) and then to freely and fully offer His flesh to be tortured and put to death in order to bring us into God’s company (presence), to restore friendship, to establish prayer.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, hours before Jesus would completely fulfill this desire of God for His life, He prayed: “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” The idea of facing God’s fury against our sin head-on was a contemplation beyond belief for Jesus. But for the Father it must have been equally so: to knowingly pour on Jesus, His all-loving and perfectly innocent Son and the chief delight of His heart, the full extent of His anger and fury against all our pride, our lusts, our hatred of God! “Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him…when his soul makes an offering for sin.” (Isaiah 53:10).

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence
to enter the holy places
by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way
that he opened for us through the curtain,
that is, through his flesh,
and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart
in full assurance of faith…
Hebrews 10:19-22

Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father as our very own High Priest, our Advocate, representing our best interests before the Father, bringing us to the Father’s attention and constantly reminding the Father that our sin is paid for and our adoption is secured. When we enter in to commune with the Father, we use Jesus’ access to His Father as our own access. In other words, to the extent that Jesus has access to His Father, is the extent to which we have access to the Father…He is now our Father! This is how the writer to the Hebrews can tell us to draw near with “confidence”; we are able to approach our Father with full assurance that we will not only be accepted but welcomed and embraced. But we have to use this access!

Let us not be fooled by the lie that the Father looks at our performance or our sins when we come to Him. He looks at Jesus on our behalf! Let us enter in and not hold back! He is waiting!

Jesus, thank You for making a way for me. Thank You for taking the full wrath of God against my sin so that I could draw near! Lord Jesus, make me zealous to draw near. Make me zealous for Your presence.

6 thoughts on “God’s Zeal for His House – Jesus’ Passion

  1. It is so often that we forget this reality. The way is open. The Father is ready and waiting to enjoy us. All we need to do is enter in. Or maybe we don’t actually forget it, but we do not live it out. We do not actually make use of it.

    My question is, why do we not? Why do we seldom actually enter into this reality and enjoy the Father in Spirit and Truth? I mean, I have known this revelation for long, but do I actually make use of my it? Not often enough I think. Why do we not make use of and enter through the new and living way if its actually as simple and freely enjoyable as the bible says it is?

    Have you found the same thing Nic? Having the revelation but not actually living in it?

    Good post, would be good to discuss the practicalities involved with living it out…

    Bless you boet

    Dyl

    1. To live in the courts of the KING, to gaze upon his awesome majesty. To have our eyes opened to see. To make this our daily bread. The way is open, paid for by the greatest price, why do we not enter in?

      Thanks guys for fanning into flame the desire to dwell in the banqueting hall of the Saviour.

    2. Hey bro. Good question. I would think that even though we “know” this truth, we do not believe it fully. I think thats the first issue…unbelief. To change this, we must trust God for more faith, but also we have a responsibility to use the faith that he has already given us. In a sense we must make a choice to stop doubting God’s goodness and the all-sufficiency of the cross and choose to believe in “the Way”. As we move into this place of believing, entering in will become easier and more frequent.

      The second issue, I believe, is to do with the distractions of daily life. We must “fight” to protect or expand our alone time with God. Although it is also important to walk in the access we have to Him 24/7 because this access is not limited to when we are alone with God. But I believe Jesus modeled and taught the importance of being alone with God (Matt6:6: prayer in secret/Mark1:35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.)

      The last issue is desire. We spend our time on what we desire most. Therefore we must cultivate our desire for the Spirit, firstly by disciplining ourselves to be in His presence which will give us desire to be in his presence more as Nyasha put it. We will come to a place where we enjoy God so much, we can’t wait to be with Him. Although the distractions will never really go away, but we will be drawn to the Father as our desire for Him grows. This growth of our desire is also a work of the Spirit that is a natural process of maturing into the image of Christ so we are cooperating with God in this.

  2. The spirit cries for this fellowship but the flesh is antagonistic. I have learnt that it is a practice up until our flesh is in submission to this deep cry of the spirit. At first it requires a lot of effort, I mean…I used to be checking the time and be completely shocked that i would have just been in His presence for a really short time and yet it would have left like a really long time. The spirit has taught me that being in the banqueting hall of our Saviour as Adrian so well put it should become so natural to us, probably as watching a really good movie where you don’t notice where the time went.

    It comes with discipline and practice…i guess knowing that we have this free pass is the starting point and then desiring to want to be in His presence the next one and then of course practicing… until it comes to a point where hours can easily go without notice – just basking in his majestic splendor and glory.

    I have been challenged to want to be in the secret place with God more than in the public place with men.

    Lets go after HIm!

  3. Well our God is not a forceful God and has indeed given us the gift of free will. The facts are all laid out in the bible and it is the duty of man to choose.He said that He knocks at every man’s door (heart) and IF one opens to Him only if one opens to Him , then can He only come in and dine with him. It’s amazing how much limited time we have on this earth and how much we see the hand of God each day and still take Him for granted. It’s quite a wonderful post, thank you for reminding us how much He loves us.

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