The Sun of Righteousness, the Bridge to God

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 12:10,11 (KJV)

When was my day of reconciliation? When did I cross a divisive line scratched in mankind, from one world to the next? The line I sought was as wide as a chasm that could not be crossed without a bridge. This bridge was my Providence and the chasm was deep. Temporal life on earth was reconciled with eternal life in heaven. I crossed this line to know one side from the other.

There was a calling with many decibel strong. An external ring; O my knotted stomach. “There must be more!”, I thought, but what is it? Where is it? Woe to he who does not ask this question. This question is the first step to an enlightened awareness. This illumination is not a candle that burns on our mantle, but one that burns with an eternal inextinguishable flame. It is the “Sun of Righteousness”

But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise

Micah 4:2

There were many gods that pulled upon my soul. I was stretched one way and the other. All were vying for my attention but it was just not right. The  illumination that is from the sun and the moon, rises and sets. Light then darkness. There was a loud voice in my soul that whispered to me saying there was a Sun that never sets. The Son of Man, Jesus Christ. He gave all for me, He stands for the highest of all love,and He is accepting of all still under the temporal sun.

He is loving but He is jealous of  other gods and our time stolen by them. He will not tolerate them sharing our time:

 “…for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…”

Exodus 20:4

So we who ask if there is God in sincerity will be led to Him through Jesus. We will try to sneak through, like I did, by way of a temporal light hoping there is enough illumination to see God. The light dims, fades. Jesus is the bright path to the Father and he who looks upon Him, looks upon the Father [a]. I asked God blindly in this darkness and the temporal earth, the temporary light of my earthly walk, gave way to an eternal Light. God revealed Himself in His glory. He showed me Jesus, the bridge over the chasm. There is truth and there is love. Together they are shown illuminated by light unmatched by the lesser lights. My salvation. My Savior.

The curse of this world, the wondering curse of he who accused me of my wrongs and who piled guilt, regret, rage, upon my shoulders, now writhes in anguish. He is no match for the Light I walk in. The accuser is death and is now thus defeated as I bade farewell crossing the bridge between God and Man. The crossing is effortless. I was carried across and in this transcendence, I lost my ‘self’ that was once held in the throngs of darkness. It is now illuminated in the rebirth of my soul: my salvation by the blood of my Savior. Death is defeated.

Death remains defeated for me. My word is strong because it is wisdom imparted from God because I am reverent. It is His word that cuts to the core of hearts. My testimony stands strong because Jesus is my testimony. I asked God, He answered. I tried various ways to reach His outstretched hand: even pushed aside the very One who offered to carry me to the Master. But soon the sun set and my self-deception that I could be with God without Jesus was extinguished. So in darkness I groped to find the switch to turn on the Light. “I am Love” were His words to me. “Cast your burdens upon my shoulders” . He is truth and across the bridge I went into God’s arms.

There is a way that seems reasonable to all man. He is pinned down by the accuser of all we have ever done wrong. But through our reason, we can also see Jesus. Yes, it is reasonable. God reveals His Son who is the Sun of Righteousness to us because we asked and finally succumbed to Him on His terms, walking His way.

The temporal light dies and gives way to the eternal Light. Our efforts are in vain as soon darkness hinders our search. God bridges temporal and eternal with Jesus Christ. His light is unmistakable and clear.  There is no deception. The dragon falls and we are sustained in God’s Light forever.

Rick Stassi

March 26, 2012

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