Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life,
but those scriptures are they which testify of me,
but you don’t want to come to me, that you might have life!”
Jesus, in John 5:39—40
Communion with Christ is not a ceremony; it is a way of life. It is a sharing of your thoughts and feelings with Jesus, and he sharing his thoughts and feelings with you. One sister in the Lord testified not long ago that Jesus told her, “You can tell me anything you feel.” He said that to her because he wanted to share real communion with her; he wanted her to really express herself to him, and then allow him to really express himself to her. True communion with the Son of God is a partnership in God’s kind of life. It is what the Bible calls “fellowship”, and it always — and I do mean always — entails conversations with him, such as the following one that Sister Sandy forwarded to me today:
Jesus woke me this morning with this sobering conversation in my spirit. It was as if he was looking down upon the earth and the condition of man. It again reminded me of how backward are all of our thoughts:
Jesus: You would never know that the two go hand-in-hand.
Me: What two?
Jesus: Life and Death.
Me: Why would you think that, Lord?
Jesus: Because too many people are living and preparing for death. They should be dying and preparing for Life.
“And you will not come to me, that you might have life.”