Forming the Perfect Family Part 2 – Under the Loving Wings of God

This is a dramatised monologue of Jesus Christ speaking to the modern audience. It was written based on personal interpretation of the Scriptures with the blessed assistance of the Holy Spirit.

The crystal ball; the delicate work of God is slowly turning in on itself. The very expression of my Father’s love for me, is closing in on themselves, neglecting us who are holding it on the palms of our hands.

The crystal ball is ultimately, not the reality we would want them to be in. It is limited and temporal. It may be nice, but it is never perfect [1]. And worst of all, it is not where we are. My Father did not make the crystal ball for them to be in it forever. Rather, my Father created it so that the creature in whom the consciousness of my future wife can grow and mature within it. The ultimate intent really, is to recognise us who are beyond the globe, to call attention to us [2], and to prepare themselves to embrace our Family [3].

That, that was a pretty traumatising time for us.

But as always, my Dad has a plan! While I was still deeply affected by what we saw, my dad comforted me and stood by me. Throughout this entire time, He never left… Not a step [4]. Though He’s with me, He’s never stop working. He’s always planning and coordinating things so that He can provide me with the best He can ever give. So, when He proposed to me a new idea about how we can salvage the broken crystal ballGuess my excitement!

His plan was pretty simple, actually. But to understand His plan, you must first recognize that beyond our Family, there’s no other. To simply put, We are Who We Are [5]. Our Family is everything that ever is, ever was, and ever will be. The crystal ball was made for me, and it serve no other purpose [6]. Now that you know how our family is like, you’ll realise that the crystal ball, though immensely beautiful, serves no purpose at all apart from housing the consciousness of my future bride…

Now, do you now know why it was immensely sorrowful to find out that the consciousness of my future wife chose something apart from us? There is absolutely nothing else for them [7]. Even if we cared about their individuality and their want to live “freely”, they were made to be with us and for nothing else. Choosing something other than us can be viewed as choosing nothingness [8] – and in other words, death.

My Father wants them to know what this meant [9], so He begin looking for someone whom He knew, is able to keep His commands and ensure that it lasts in history. He wanted someone who can be faithful to Him, someone who will revere our Lordship and honour Him. And we found Abram [10].

To be honest, it was my Father’s plan all along from the beginning. As He struggle with regret and sadness [11], He continue to muster the courage to coordinate a plan for them. We spoke about many things together, including what can be done for them, and the reasons why. There was tremendous tension in the air, but my dad never fails to comfort me [12]. He reminded me the reason why He created the crystal ball in the first place and that the ultimate purpose [13] is for them to be here [14] with us. He also reminded me of the sheer emptiness that is beyond the gates of our Home that He had carved out – the place the bride will go if they do not choose us [15].

I was overwhelmed with sadness, but I placed my hope in my Father [16]. Under His wings, I find refuge [4]. He refreshes and comforts me. Even at my lowest, I do not fear [17]. Hidden in His embrace, He taught me [18]. He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love [19]. For those who fear Him, He promised me that He will love them. His righteousness will also be credited to them [20].

That… That is my dad…!

Listen to all that I have to say, because all that I say comes from my dad. He has a plan to sanctify you so that you may be with us.

He is faithful, and He will do it [21].

Footnotes:

[1] – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18. The eternal glory that God promises far outweighs our light and momentary troubles. Hence, we should focus our eyes not on what is seen because it is temporal, but on what is unseen because it is eternal.

[2] – “We exist not to call attention to ourselves, but to God” (Piper, 2015).

[3] – We were made to reflect the Glory of God, to be an image of God, and to show the world how precious and deeply satisfying God is. We are not the ends. Rather, God is the ends. And we are the means to that end. (Reinke, 2015).

[4] – Psalms 91:1-4. God the Father is a refuge and a fortress for all who dwells in the shelter of the Most High. He will save us from everything, covering us with His Feathers. Under His Feathers, we will find refuge. God’s Faithfulness is our shield and rampart.

[5] – Exodus 3:14. The Name of God is “I AM WHO I AM.” For He is everything that is, was, and will be.

[6] – Isaiah 45:18. God created the heavens and the earth. And He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited. From this, we can deduce that the formation of the observable universe serves a certain specified purpose. And this purpose is none other than to fulfill His ultimate plan of presenting the bride to Christ in the new heaven in Revelations 21-22.

[7] – Isaiah 45:14. “God is with us, and there is no other; there is no other god.” In the realm of the divine beyond spatial dimensions, there truly, isn’t any other. This double mention is an added emphasis.

[8] – Hell is death. It is nothingness. The figurative burning of eternity can be attributed to a psychological phenomenon called the “broken heart syndrome” (also known as “stress cardiomyopathy”) when the feeling of not being able to get what one wants get unbearable. An experiment tests the feelings of participant when they view pictures of their ex-lovers as compared to their good friends. It was found that participants feel a hot stimulation when viewing pictures of their ex-lovers, but when viewing photos of their good friends, they only feel a warm sensation. On top of this, neuroimaging studies has also concluded that social anguish can cause real pain to the person (Jaffe, 2013). In the realm beyond our observable universe when everything is magnified infinitely, this pain (of not being able to be with the Father whom we are created to be with) of loss is magnified infinitely too.

[9] – Leviticus 4. God instituted the sacrifice for sin. Sin requires the death a bull, a goat, or a lamb. The death of this sacrificial animal in accordance to many theologians, may symbolize the animal’s separation with the physical world and into death. Many people too draw the link that God instituted such sacrifice in preparation for the coming of Christ.

[10] – Genesis 12. God’s call of Abram. God, being omniscient, knew Abram. And it is this power that causes God to notice Abram and to call Him.

[11] – Genesis 6:6. The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth and His heart was deeply troubled.

[12] – Psalms 46:1. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

[13] – Jeremiah 29:11, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. God knows the plan that He Himself has for us. They are plans for us to prosper rather than harm. It is a plan of hope and future. It is hence, the duty of all humankind to fear the Lord and to keep His commandments. God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether is it good or evil.

[14] – Revelations 21:1-4. The Holy City, the new Jerusalem, will be prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. God will dwell among the people, and the people with God. God will personally be their God in the new Jerusalem. And there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

[15] – 2 Peter 2:4. Places beyond heaven is a hellish place. A place with chains of darkness. In an article published by Baylor University, Kruschwitz (2002) quoted the idea from Doug Henry stating that the existence of Hell might be an expression of God’s love. He too mentioned a quote from Ralph Wood stating that The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail. The overarching theme focuses on God’s unfathomable love and righteousness. Based on the above idea, alongside the idea that God wishes all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), it can be deduced that Hell might be a place outside of heaven (which gates are always open), and that the Maker constantly prays that all will enter into Heaven and into His Presence. In fact, God is everywhere. And even in Sheol (or Hell), God is there with us as well (Psalms 139:8).

[16] – Psalms 42:5. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will praise Him, my Saviour and my God.

[17] – Psalms 23:1-4. Hidden in God, no one lacks anything. God guides, leads, and disciplines us. Even at our lowest, His very presence comforts us.

[18] – John 7:16, John 12:47-50. All the Christ know, He has learned it from the Father. The Ultimate teachings of Christ in the gospel comes from God the Father. It is these teachings that will lead people into eternal life.

[19] – Psalms 103:8.

[20] – Psalms 103:17-18.

[21] – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. God the Father will personally sanctify us so that we may be kept blameless for the Lord in whole body, soul, and spirit. God is faithful and He will surely do this.

References:

Heaven and Hell. Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics. (2002). Retrieved from https://www.baylor.edu/ifl/christianreflection/heaven.pdf

Jaffe, E. (2013). Why Love Literally Hurts. Retrieved from https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/why-love-literally-hurts

Piper, J. (2015). Why You Exist in the World. Retrieved from https://www.desiringgod.org/labs/why-you-exist-in-the-world

Reinke, T. (2015). Why Do I Exist? Retrieved from https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/why-do-i-exist

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