In our last lecture we discussed Intimacy with God and how we were created to have an intimacy with Him. However, due to sin, we no longer experience that perfect intimacy with God. In the book Connecting Larry Crabb, gives an interesting perspective on how Christ came to save us, died and rose again so that we could experience that intimacy with Him. The context of this is a meeting with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in this portion, the Father is speaking to the Son. "Son, at just the right time I'll send you to become one of them and to accept the guilt for their sin. Then (and here the Father's voice broke) I'll break the connection and let you experience the death of separation from me that all sin deserves. When they see the extremes to which we will go to bring them into our community, the yearning we'll build into their hearts to be loved like that will draw them back to loving us fully and trusting us with their very souls" (Crabb, p. 59). What a beautiful picture of love this creates. While obviously this is not an actual conversation, it truly depicts the love that God has for us; the intimacy and connectedness that we desire to have with Him.
The past few weeks in class have really made an impact on me personally. It has been refreshing to hear how the Lord created us for intimacy. I think this helps me, as a future counselor, to see where a lot of human motivation comes from. There is so much hurt and pain that people go through seeking for love, yet they can never find it in another individual. That intimacy that we seek can only be found through Christ Jesus. I am continually reminded at Easter how much the Lord loves us, and how much he sacrificed for us. Below is a trailer for the movie "The Passion of the Christ". This movie shows the Easter story and is a good reminder as to what Jesus went through for us; what He went through for you.