He came to His own, but His own did not receive Him. (John 1:11)
Jesus came into our world. You came also. I guess you know that! But maybe you ain't quite so sure of His coming to you. Language came to me, more specifically, the English language. Because of that, I can communicate with others and understand things. I'm fluent in it. That's because I was around it, absorbed myself into it, and partook of it. I'm one with it now. I became it, and it became me—an inherent part of my being. So too, Christ came to me and I understand it.
We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding. (1 John 5.20)
I don't try to speak English anymore; it just comes. Absolutely innate. If I were to try to speak French, though, that'd be a different story. I don't understand it, one or two words maybe.
Let's say I met a beautiful French woman online. We communicate by way of a translator, even though I don't speak her mother tongue. We fall in love, desiring to marry. The opportunity unfolds; to leave my home, my life, to move to her country and start a new life together. If serious about the prospect, I would have to apply myself fully to partake of the French language. Then, in due time, the French language would eventually graft it's way into me, just as the English did. Then I would be able to express my affection to my fiance with ease. Otherwise, our marriage would not be possible. The translator app could only take me so far.
Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. (John 6)
Jesus is a word, a heavenly language. Like the English language, it came and now it multiplies to all who receive. Should I choose to absorb myself in the living Word and partake of Christ, I'll become Christlike.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling in us. (John 1)
The Word (Christ) became flesh in me just as the English language did. The ingrafted Word of God planted in the soil of my heart, and it naturally bears fruit. It's a spiritual language I understand. Jesus, like the French girl, invited me to leave my self and move to his country. There I now reside, married to him.
You have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7)
Part 2: Eat My Flesh
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. (John 6.56)
Jesus said that whoever refused to eat and drink his blood had no part in him. Eating and drinking are partaking. You are what you eat! As soon as Jesus presented this new idea; many walked with him no more. (John 6.66) It was too deep. Likewise today, most are comfortable to spectate, hear the teachings, marvel at the signs and even enjoy the loaves and fishes (blessings) he produces. 'Labor not for food that perishes'. Content to have someone else, the priest, the teacher, the pastor, translate the message of heaven for them. But the clincher comes when He says: You must forsake all and eat my flesh.
That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17)
The sublime beauty of union life — I in Him and He in me. I am no longer two, but one. I've been married to Christ through the engrafted Word.
For "the two," He says, "shall become one flesh." He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians)
Do you get what I'm saying? Or do you still need someone else to translate? Are you dissatisfied with the continual struggle of trying to speak and understand the language of God, even though Christ has come? The Bible is still a language you don't get. Christ says: 'Come and See'. Leave your country, come to the banquet, the marriage of the lamb, and enter into Him.
Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1 )
Part 3: Come up Hither
'What think ye of the Christ'?
It's a question asked when Jesus was knocking about. Peter said: Many say a prophet. 'But what do you say?' Jesus asked. So it is today, many have their opinion about Jesus. I'm sure you've heard a few. But what do you say? Just another teacher? Just another prophet? Or 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God? That's a higher revelation. Took a while for that to translate to Peter.
If your answer is still; Jesus, the teacher, the prophet; you're no different from the drop out disciples who got offended. They hung around long enough to learn the ABC's, but they ditched class as soon as the challenge came, of going on to learn the full alphabet and language. Like someone appreciating the beautiful air and sound of the French language but never partaking of it. You might recognise a few words, but you fall far short. As soon as a fluent speaker enters the room, you will be confused at the speech, failing to translate what they really say. 'Having ears, they hear not'
'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.' (C.S Lewis)
Do you believe that the sun will rise for you tomorrow? Can you prove it? No. But you have faith it will. You believe it because you've seen it many times. Why is it I believe Christ continues to rise in me? Same reason. I've seen it with the spiritual eyes of my heart; That's faith. And everything I see in the universe makes perfect sense to me because of it. Have you seen the Christ yet, or are you still hiding in the dark?
The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1)
For years people assumed the sun rose over the flat earth. It appeared to be so, and it still looks that way. What's changed? Only our understanding. The earth revolves the sun. 'Don't judge by appearances' Jesus said. It very much appears to rise over the earth; we know for certain it doesn't. Our understanding has been enlightened; therefore, we don't allow ourselves to trust our natural senses fully.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened. (Ephesians 1)
I use this analogy to conclude my message. Two people can watch a sunrise but can have a totally different understanding of it. They look the same to both, but one has a higher revelation. Similarly, Jesus only had 12 close disciples who partook of him and learned the language. All the others, even people who did miracles in his name didn't go so far - and both groups witnessed and heard the voice of the same Jesus. Furthermore, only three went up the mountain to experience the transfiguration. The point being, God is always inviting us to come closer, see new dimensions, and to come up higher. Don't be afraid; Only believe. Behold the door is open for you.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1)