DayBreaks for 12/09/13 – In the Land of In-Between
NOTE: Galen will be traveling the week of 12/8. New DayBreaks will resume the following week.
From the DayBreaks Archive, 2003:
I like the word paradox. A paradox is when something seems contradictory, but yet it isn’t. It may seem to not be true, but it is, and at the same time, there may be something about it that seems true, but which stretches credibility. For example: it is a paradox that Jesus can be called both the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world. It isn’t possible to be a Lion and Lamb at the same time, yet depending on which aspect of the nature of Christ that a writer was trying to emphasize, it can be said that Jesus is, indeed, both. It is a paradox that Jesus is both man and God. Yet it is true.
So many things in Scripture are paradoxes. Many of the things which Scripture says about us are paradoxical, too. We are told that we already have eternal life, yet we will die. We are told that those who are humble will be exalted, and those who are exalted will be humbled. We are told that we have every spiritual blessing that it is possible to have in Christ Jesus – yet sometimes it seems hard to believe and feel that it is true.
We are told that we are holy – yet the same one who wrote the incredible explanation of how we are made holy in the book of Romans and Hebrews, also said that he was the greatest of all sinners. How can we reconcile such paradoxes?
I believe that some of the answer is that we can’t see and recognize all the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. We see only a few of them. But in another way, we don’t experience all of those blessings in this life like we will when we are in heaven. We are holy – yet we are sinners. The day will come when we are sinless, and perhaps then we will even feel holy, but what we feel isn’t the key. What God says about it is far more important.
We live now, in this physical life, in the land of In-between. It is a land where we see through a veil darkly. The day will come when we see clearly, but it is not yet. For now, we find rest in Christ – but not the ultimate rest of heaven. For now, we are seated with Him in heavenly places, but not in the same way we will in heaven. We have peace now, but not in the fullness we will someday experience it. We have eternal life – but we don’t get it in all its fullness until we have died first and gone home, and then we’ll experience eternal life in a way that we will never again taste death of any kind.
It isn’t easy living in the Land of In-between. It calls for patience, perseverance and courage. But we can live in the Land of In-between joyfully, knowing that the Land of In-between isn’t eternal, but only temporary. It isn’t home, much like an airport passenger lounge isn’t home…it’s just a stop along the way to the destination we long for. I’ve tolerated a lot of airports in my life, but getting home always made the wait worth it. How much more will heaven be worth it when we get there?!
James 5:7 (NLT) – “Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen.” James is telling us that the harvest is worth the wait and that the wait ends with the Lord’s return. Be patient. The harvest will be precious…
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PRAYER: God of mercy, Lord of grace – we are speechless because of your goodness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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