It took me a while to learn that true intimacy has nothing to do with anything sexual.
Of course, the world around us would have one thinking otherwise.
Yet I want to show you true intimacy at its best.
I found this sweet verse a couple of years back and it revealed to me a glimpse of a kind of love I pray everyone will have the opportunity to experience one day before they leave this earth, including you sis (if you haven’t already!)
“Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins.” Luke 22:15 NLT
I was sitting in Panera Bread that morning, having my coffee and reading through the Gospels when I read this verse.
For some reason, I got caught up that particular morning and just couldn’t stop crying.
The Lord knew I needed to be reminded of this intimacy in that moment.
In the midst of facing the greatest suffering that would ever be known to mankind, Jesus
had to chose to:
- Bear the weight of the world’s sin on His shoulders-past, present and future-because of me.
- Be separated for the first time from His Father-because of me.
- Be forsaken and punished by the Lord-because of me.
Yet, the text says He was eager to break bread with those for whom He was suffering.
That means He was ‘very eager to break bread‘ with one who He knew would betray Him, one who would deny Him and one who would doubt Him.
All in addition to the physical suffering He had to endure.
Picture this setting with me.
Imagine the intimacy that was evident and the tenderness of that moment with those He had shared the last 3 years of His life and ministry with and in service to.
Dear sister, picture that you, too, have a seat at this table every time you choose to remember the body and blood of Jesus broken for you, whenever you take communion.
In that very moment, Jesus was still so present and oh so personal.
Sis, He wants to sit and dine with you too and break bread with you as well.
What kind of love is this?!
To know me so deeply, to know my faults, my shortcomings, my sins and my inadequacies and yet still choose to save me, serve me and sup with me.
What a love! This is true intimacy at its best-to love me unconditionally while knowing all of me through and through and still choosing me over and over again.
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