A recent conversation went a bit like this: ‘I’ve often wondered why Jesus didn’t marry. When you look at the marriages in the Bible they all had issues and difficulties. Wouldn’t it be great to have one shining example of a great marriage’ I’m part of a closed worldwide prayer group of women who share and pray for one another. Spiritual questions come up, lots if encouraging verses and insights shared. Health concerns are raised but the overwhelming need is support in the marriage relationships. Women trying to be great wives and the illusive Proverbs 31 woman. So many prayer requests for the husband and a breakthrough in communication and a love connection, and that got me thinking.
The Bible says lots about the body of Christ being the Bride of Christ but my attention was drawn to John 4 when Jesus meets the woman at the well. The question of her marital status, it is the one request that cracks her wide open. It’s a specific word for this abandoned and abused woman. 5 husbands who have cast her aside the one she lived with not her husband. She was unseen, discarded and abandoned, at the whim of others people’s desires and choices. She was just surviving and barely existing in loneliness. She came to the well, at a time that was inconvenient and hot, when she knew she would not encounter other women for community or company: isolated. If she’d been an adulterous woman she would have been stoned. This was a woman who had been passed from man to man as a ‘thing’ to use not love. And she knew it-There is no question this woman’s self esteem and identity was completely broken by the way she had been treated by men.
We meet her during an encounter with a 7th man, Jesus, who noticed, told her she was known, loved and that He was there to give to her not take. He gave her living water by revealing who He was and a well began springing up inside her. One full of Life. Here’s the question though- why don’t we know her name? What happened to her relationship and marital status afterwards? God comes to bring Shalom, a complete healing and wholeness, so what’s the rest of the testimony? And that’s when I understood a little deeper the common union Jesus brings when we are in relationship with Him. She’d had 6 men but moved from 6 (the number of man) to 7 (a people in God). It is a place where she and we give way to what we think we are, to become who He is in us. Jesus gave her the I AM and in Him is our identity, Life relationship, and purpose. She became, as we do, part of His body. She carried the Life of Jesus around in her body. Her common union with the I AM became her primary relationship that met all her needs emotionally and spiritually. The testimony goes on in John 4 as she is integrated back into the community as people see the transformation in her. She shares the Life too by introducing others to Jesus and a community is changed. Life was restored.
Her name? : ‘it’s no longer I that live but Christ in me’
Her marriage? She’s the bride of Christ- For your Maker is your husband– the LORD Almighty is his name– the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer (Isaiah 54 v 5)
The marriage of heaven and earth was always the plan of the incarnation. Jesus,not only showed us how to live as a son of God in human form, He made it possible for us to do it too by the resurrection. He spoke about His union with the Father and promised and prayed for us to be in the common union too.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Y
Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17.
‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.(John 20 v 17)
Jesus showed how this ‘worked.’ He practised (read implemented) His union constantly. Notice the word only.
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. (John 12 v 49)
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5 V 19)
I saw this the other night. Leicester City’s dream came true of winning the Premier league title for the first time in 132 years of their history. For Kasper Schmiechel, the goal keeper there was an extra icing on the cake. Having won on 2nd May 2016 at the age of 29 years with Leicester City he repeated what his own Father Peter Schmiechel did on 2nd May 1993 at the same age with Manchester United. Like father like son or what? It’s football and a massive ‘coincidence’ but the picture it serves is amazing.
We are in union with the Father because of what Jesus has done,and carry around in us the presence of God. We have the Holy Spirit who is our advocate leading us into everything we have been taught, bringing to our remembrance all truth. We have a well inside of us springing up to speak like the Father speaks, to do what the Father does. If we seek first the kingdom of God in every encounter we have we can see the kingdom of God in our midst releasing transformation for us and others. There is an increased urgency for the Bride of Christ; the Body, the Church to, just like the woman at the well, leave the water jar behind. The old way of doing things does not bring the Life that we need. It’s not religion of ‘this mountain or that mountain’ This promise is not for ‘one day the Messiah will come’ it’s as Jesus said a “time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth” It’s a season for us to grasp more fully what worshipping in Spirit and Truth means in our everyday lives and to experience the full potential of the common union we have with God as Sons It is possible for us to re-create the words and works of the Father through our union with Him and transform our communities.
This is the third recent blog of what God has been speaking to be about.
The full potential of Life already exists because of what Jesus did ‘I AM the resurrection and the Life https://unionandwhisper.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/practising-resurrection/
The fullness of the promise is breaking through and our dreams are about to become a reality https://unionandwhisper.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/dream-to-reality/
By fully experiencing the Presence of Jesus in our common Union