Malachi 4.2 - But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap [joyfully] like calves [released] from the stall.
God the Father has a passion since the fall, that of finding with the human being the intimacy of his heart. He seeks those times when, in the sweet breeze of the evening, He can speak to us and invade us with all his tenderness (Genesis 3: 8). The Father has such a potential of love to give us through the communion of his Spirit that He seeks to draw us to Him to embrace us, to sit on our knees and to fill us with that sweet feeling. to be loved, accepted, pampered and wanted. When He fills us with this love, we are as overwhelmed by waves that penetrate our entire being. Whoever we are, whatever we have done, this love can not be stopped by anything, it is there ... penetrating us to the very depths of our womb.
In his infinite wisdom, the Heavenly Father found a way to make this possible despite our imperfection and our "humanity" that separated us from Him. Absolutely everything that deprived us of this intimacy was "settled" by the sacrifice of his Son Jesus. There is nothing to add, except a complete abandonment in his presence.
Without this love, the human being is very unhappy despite appearances. Strong emotional needs remain unanswered and plunge men and women into disarray, creating hunger and thirst that nothing in this world can fill.
We all need to get naked but our relationships have become so superficial and we often communicate from mask to mask to forget who we really are. Our inner being is not revealed anymore because the fear of rejection is ticking us. We would like to say things, to open up, but because of negative experiences, we are ashamed of our interior and unfortunately, man being what he is, too often a judge taking the place of God, we remain locked in our isolation. The Holy Spirit can and wants to probe us deeply, not to judge us, to condemn us or to make us feel guilty, but to fill us with a feeling of forgiveness and grace. To lead us to forgive ourselves so that we find a true and profound dialogue with our Creator, by accepting to open our inner being without taboo before Him, as Himself wants to be totally revealed.
We all need to express ourselves. We have become accustomed to burying our strong emotions. "Decency" and "popular morality" prevent us from being in the expression of our feelings and we have become slaves from the eyes of others. We do not exteriorize our feelings, because our intimacy is exposed. We prefer to keep our great pains and we drag them with us all our life like a ball of condemned. We hide behind pretense pretending with superhuman efforts to "appear". With the help of the Holy Spirit, the Father comes to extirpate everything that makes us suffer because He does not want us to be unhappy. He does not want us to hide like Adam and Eve, on the contrary! He wants to cover with his wings our "shame" by his justice and holiness because he alone is holy and He is the only one who can communicate this holiness.
We still need to learn to receive. We do not believe in free gestures. We believe that God has the same view on us as ourselves and we deprive ourselves of grace forgetting that in the parable of the prodigal son, of which we will speak later, the Father had only one desire, that to hug his son even though he was dirty and off putting. Nobody is "worthy" to approach the Father, no one deserves it. To believe the opposite is a decoy and to "wait" for this dignity is futile, because we will never succeed. The Father is waiting for this simple gesture on our part, that of letting ourselves be loved for free and unconditionally.Believe in the very essence of the Gospel, let us be loved by the Father as we are.
Isaiah 53: 4-5 - But He has borne our griefs, and He has carried our sorrows and pains; yet we assumed that He was stricken, struck down by God and degraded and humiliated. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness; the punishment for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
All that makes us suffer was brought to the cross by Jesus. We no longer have to suffer this suffering, Jesus carried it for us. Each of these pains is the image of what is currently breaking us.
He was beaten with a penis. How many hurtful words have we bowed to humble ourselves? Every attack on our reputation; all these mean things said about us; these curses that break us; the unjust and useless punishment of our childhood; the crushing of the strong and angry characters that dominated us with terror. Every stroke on the back of Jesus has freed us from this hold.
The crown of thorns. These bad thoughts that pierce our souls. The anxiety that grips and burns us. Every sting that says, "You take yourself for who." The pain of our memories and the diabolical oppression of guilt that says, "You are worthless". Every thorn, every fiery line of Evil pierced Jesus' head.
Nailed hands. Hands have been created to bless, gently caress, cheer to encourage, secure that one is child or adult ... The hands are an instrument of blessing and grace.They have become an instrument of violence and malice: they strike, rise with vengeance against the weakest to destroy and humiliate them. All these actions against your person find their healing in the work of the cross. These cursed hands were nailed in the person of Jesus.
Nailed feet. These feet, which were to announce good news, accompany the needy and walk valiantly for the triumph of justice, were used to trample, pound and subjugate. The pierced feet of Jesus free you from this domination.
His side was pierced. The spear has sunk into the side of the Lord, letting out blood and water. These are symptoms that show that his heart has literally exploded. No more being locked up, being cramped and having a tight heart. It empowers us to be free to express our feelings and let life and love flow from our hearts, all that makes us unique and special, recreated in the image of the perfect One.
The Lord Jesus bore all these sufferings for us. He has chosen to give his life so that we will not suffer the consequences of sin anymore. He accepted the humiliation in our place so that we could raise our heads. He did not burst the agonizing suffering He suffered and He broke free with a loud cry before he died.
In sacrificing himself thus, the Lord Jesus already had you in his mind because you were chosen by God!