This is the final part of a message from Francis Frangipane. During the last two weeks, we looked at how true Seeking of Jesus is born out of love and how true love will find Jesus. This week we will look at how passion moves God on our behalf.
You Will Find Him
“Scarcely had I left them when I found him whom my soul loves.” This is the greatest motivation for seeking the Lord: the time will come when you find Him! You will pass your tests and overcome the obstacles; you will be secure in the embrace of Christ.
She says, “…I held on to him and would not let him go.” I am reminded of Mary at the empty tomb of Christ. The apostles came, looked in the cave and went away astounded. But Mary came to the tomb and she lingered, weeping. The death of Christ was horrible, but the empty tomb was unbearable. She had to find Him whom her soul loved!
[To Mary] the death of Christ was horrible, but the empty tomb was unbearable. She had to find Him whom her soul loved!
The Scripture says that Jesus Himself came to her, but in her sorrow, she did not recognize Him. He said, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Can we see the connection here between Mary’s weeping and her seeking Christ? Blinded by her tears, she supposes He is the gardener. “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
Mary Clung To Jesus
“Jesus said to her, `Mary!’ She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, `Rabboni,’ (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, `Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father…'” (John 20:15-17).
The instant Mary sees the Lord she clings to Him. And here is the most astounding event, indeed, the marvel of all marvels: Jesus said, “I have not yet ascended…” Christ interrupted His ascent into Heaven to answer this woman’s love! In the very process of His resurrection, He is drawn—No! compelled toward her weeping! Jesus demonstrated that love is the highest, most powerful law of His kingdom!
Christ interrupted His ascent into Heaven to answer this woman’s love!
When you expend your energies, your nights, your heart; when you overcome your fears out of love for Jesus, you will find Him and “never let him go.” Mary found Him whom her soul loved. She continued in her pursuit, remaining in sorrow until she found Him. The apostles had gone home. To whom did Jesus appear first? He came to the one who had the highest passion for Him. And she is clinging to Him.
[Jesus first] came to the one who had the highest passion for Him.
Bringing Jesus to Our Mother’s House
“I found him whom my soul loves; I held on to him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to my mother’s house, and into the room of her who conceived me.”
You have laid hold of Jesus; you have found fulfillment. Yet, has this seeking of God been only for you? No. For the bride brings Him to the house of her mother, which is the church. She brings Him back to the needy and hurting, to her brothers and her sisters.
We all want the Lord, but only the bride will go so far as to find Him and bring Him back to the house. I want to charge you to find Jesus. Do not merely talk about how dead your life or church is, find Him! Pass through your fears. Overcome your passivity and lay hold of Him. The church, even our cities, need people who are anointed with the Presence of Jesus!
We all want the Lord, but only the bride will go so far as to find Him and bring Him back to the house.
You Have Made His Heart Beat Faster
Where was Jesus throughout the time of the bride searching? Was He aloof, indifferent, sitting in Heaven? From the beginning, He had been watching, actually longing for His bride to find Him. He now speaks, “You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; you have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eyes” (Song of Solomon 4:9).
Listen to me: You are His bride. He is returning from heaven for you! The single glance of your eyes toward Him makes His heart beat faster. Such love is inconceivable. He sees your repentance as your preparation for Him; His bride making herself ready. He beholds you kneeling, weeping at your bedside. He shares your painful longing. He has been watching. And he says, “The glance of your eyes has made my heart beat faster….”
A Fresh, Overwhelming Baptism of Love
The Lord has a promise for His bride. He said there would be a fresh and overwhelming baptism of love that would surpass all our knowledge of Him. We would know the height and depth, the width and the breadth of His love. While yet here on earth, we will be filled with His fullness.
We have many tasks, even responsibilities, which have come from heaven. However, the need of our soul is to be with Jesus. The areas of sin in our lives exist simply because we have lived too far from Him. Let us commit our hearts to seeking our God. Let us find Him whom our soul loves and bring Him back to the House of the Lord!
We have many tasks, even responsibilities, which have come from heaven. However, the need of our soul is to be with Jesus.
“[That you may really come] to know—practically, through experience for yourselves—the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience); that you may be filled (through all your being) unto all the fullness of God—[that is] may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!” (Ephesians 3:19)
Let’s pray: Lord, even now we lift our eyes toward You. Jesus, grace and truth are realized in You. Grant us grace that the truth of this message will change our lives and compel us in unrelenting love for You!