Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

To Know the Love of Jesus

Song of Solomon 1:2 “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth: for Thy love is better than wine.”

I have often wondered how we , as Christians, who say we know Jesus loves us; can be so indifferent to His love, and to the fellowship of believers.

I have come to the conclusion that it is not “knowing” His love in our minds; but it is receiving it in our lives, that is the problem. Because to truly receive His love, we need to receive Him….and to love Him in return.

(Most of us like the idea of love, who would not? But to receive Jesus’s love truly, is to receive Him into our lives.

There used to be a illustration of a husband and wife, just married, and the wife says to her husband: “OK, dear, I will see you Wednesday night and Sunday. Bye for now.”

So is our relationship with Christ Jesus, if it is not everyday.)

And what hinders us from opening our lives and receiving His personal love to us?

You know how a child has a fit about something, and is corrected.

Then the parent tries to gently explain why they were scolded; the child wiggles and turns away, not wanting to receive the parent just then.

The child rejecting the love shown them, to “hurt” them as they were seemingly hurt.

We are the same, as children of our Heavenly Father.

We wiggle, and turn away from the very love we want, because we did not get what we wanted;…..or because we did not want to be “wrong”.

To kiss someone on the mouth is a most intimate form of affection. You can only kiss one person at a time, this way.

This is the affection that the believer has, who is longing to receive a closer relationship with Christ Jesus.

They want more of Him. They want Him for themselves. They want to “kiss”. and “to be kissed”, by no other, but Him.

This sort of love has gone beyond, “I know I am saved, and that is enough.”

It is: “I know I am saved, and I want what the Lord has next for me:….I want to know Him as much as I can;…..to come as close to Him as is possible, here on earth.”

As Jesus said about Mary, who sat at His feet, wanting to catch every word He said:

“But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:42)

This is to know Him, as He truly is…..for to know Him a little in this way,……is to want to know Him more.

This is personality to personality.

This kiss is not the kiss of repentance on the feet of Jesus, though lovely to the Lord:

Luke 7:38 “And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”

Or,

This is not the kiss of the Father for the Prodigal; though the beginning of a renewed life:

Luke 15:20 “And he arose and came unto his father, but when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”

Or,

This is not the kiss of the traitor Judas, which was only a sign for betrayal:

Mark 14:44-45 “And he that betrayed Him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I will kiss, the same is He; take Him, and lead Him away safely.

And as soon as he was come, he goeth straightway to Him, and saith, Master, Master, and kissed Him.”

But this is the kiss of a heart that wants to show Jesus all her love,……and also, to receive all His love to her.

Again, the kisses of the mouth are intimate,….one to one.

A relationship like that keeps growing, from here to heaven.

Are there hinderances to remove? Or obstacles to overcome?

Of course,……but continuing to grow in fellowship,…..we continue to receive the power and personal authority of His Name, and move into a more intimate fellowship with Him, as King, Who orders all things for His own.

Song of Solomon 1:3-4 “Because of the savor of Thy good ointments Thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love Thee.

Draw me, we will run after Thee: the King hath brought me into His chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in Thee, we will remember Thy love more than wine: the upright love Thee.”

Continuing to receive His love in this more personal relationship, there is joy, and rejoicing.

We begin to understand what His Name signifies for me. (His name given in any circumstance, shows what He will be there,….for us.)

It is our recognition of His loveliness,…..both in person and His name;…..but it is “the King”….our King, who brings us into joy and rejoicing.

For, in this fellowship, we come to honor the Lord, not just as our Savior, and our Friend, but as our King. Praise God that He is for us!

Do we want this?

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