Being an exuberant kind of individual, I think my heart has been longing for years for a cause worth releasing all the pent up expressiveness I know is locked within me. But where shall a cause worthy of letting all this go be found? Now I think I know!
As I meditate on Psalm 24 I “listen” the distant shouts of the angels as they welcome Jesus home. Oh! it gives me goosebumps!! Seeking to give the emphasis merited to the return of the Holy Exile, the angels shout ahead for the heavenly gates to be thrown back on their hinges. They toss back and forth the question, “Who is this King of glory?”, while others answer with unbridled excitement, “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!” “Then the portals of the city of God are opened wide, and the angelic throng sweep through the gates amid a burst of rapturous music.” Desire of Ages 833
Can a scene of greater excitement and joy be imagined? What would you or I have done had we been there? But the more I think about this scene, I can’t help but wonder how Jesus really feels about it all.
What did Jesus do? “…He waves them back. Not yet; He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet; He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. He approaches the Father, with whom there is joy over one sinner that repents; who rejoices over one with singing. Before the foundations of the earth were laid, the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race. This pledge Christ has fulfilled. When upon the cross He cried out, “It is finished,” He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, “I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.” John 19:30; 17:24. DA 834
Do you grasp that? “I will that they also…be with Me where I am.” Jesus had just returned to His Father, to His heavenly home, to His friends, the angels, with all their adoration, but what was in the forefront of His mind? YOU and ME! Would the Father accept the sacrifice? Was it enough? Can they be with Me? Oh! We really need to think about this and must grasp the significance of the statement from Desire of Ages! Exiled from His home, His Father, His angel friends, and foremost on His mind is those who caused Him such torture.
He took upon Himself the nature of Adam, and the Bible teaches that this nature was “the seed of Abraham”, which means He was made of the same “stuff” that you and I are made of. And because of this, He is our Brother, the “Elder Brother of our race.” And because He is the Son of God, and the Son of Man, no matter where He is, so long as sin is an issue, He is in exile. Can you imagine? He is no longer omnipresent. He is either with His heavenly family, or with His earthly family. We know that the Holy Spirit represents Him here, but He, our flesh and blood Brother,…is gone from us now.
Do you have loved ones who have moved away from the rest of the family? How does it feel? Wouldn’t it be nice to have the entire family back together again? Do you long for those occasions when the family is all together again? So does He…”I will that they be with Me….”
Oh, friends, Jesus wants His entire family back together again, and He is planning a great family reunion. He is exiled–separated from us. You and I hold the key to ending that exile. We hold the key to crowning our Brother King–to end this whole experience with sin. How? We are told here: “It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.” Christ’s Object Lessons 69
Isn’t this worth getting excited about? It’s time to go home…and it’s up to us.