It was a Tuesday that God opened my heart to a particular scripture. He had been placing in my spirit all day long that He wanted to tell me something. So when I got home I told my wife I was going to go to Sonic Drive In to get some hamburgers for dinner. She said she wanted to go with me, and I said, “No babe I just want to spend a few minutes alone.” This didn't set well at all with her because she had been with the kids all day long, but I ended up going by myself. When I got to the Sonic I placed the order and I asked how long it would take. They said about ten minutes. So I asked the Lord to show me what He had wanted to show me all day. And He turned me to:
1 Corinthians 15: 20 28
NKJV Thomas Nelson Publishers
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits
of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23 But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are
Christ's at His coming.
24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when
He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26 The last enemy who will be destroyed is death.
27 For He has put all things under His feet. But when He says "all things are
Put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is
28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will
also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
He opened my heart and spirit up to this scripture to such an extent that the first person I shared it with was the girl who brought the hamburgers out to the car. I think she must have thought I was a little crazy, because tears were still on my face, but as Jeremiah once said, the very marrow of my bones cries out to praise Your name Lord. I told my family and friends that night and the next day what the Lord had shown me, although most didn't feel in their spirit the same level of joy I had received from this scripture.
God showed me that when the end comes, Jesus will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, after Jesus has destroyed sickness, and poverty and every other area Satan has influenced or controlled, He will destroy death. And then Jesus will lift the kingdom up to God the Father. It is awesome to imagine that Lord Jesus will heal all areas; no sick, no lame, no physical, mental or spiritual deficient, all will be healed. I have a hard time describing the awesome glory God shared with me, but it gives me hope for all that hurt.
That Friday, as I was driving to work in North Austin, Jesus shared with me a song. Now what makes this a little funny is even though I love singing to the Lord, I have one of these voices that sounds like an old bullfrog. God had opened my ears to hear the angels sing during my year of death, but this was an awesome song. The time God had allowed me to hear angels’ singing was but for a brief instant, but the new sounds I heard were beyond description. The best I can do to explain it, is that if you can imagine a new dimension of sound taken to levels beyond description of beauty that is how the angels sound. And when Jesus returns, we will be singing praises and the angels will be singing the background music.
But this was a song being sung to God the Father. I lived in South Austin, TX, and was driving North on Lamar Blvd., when I had to stop at a light around the 37 or 39 hundred block of North Lamar. While stopped, I heard this song. It was a song saying that I came and took the abuse, and I did it all for You Lord, I took the shame and did it all for You Lord, I died and was buried and I did it all for You Lord, I defeated the devil and did it all for You Lord, now here is the kingdom, I did it all for You Lord, I did it all for You Dad. Now when I heard this, I started crying and didn't stop for forty blocks. You see, I was taught that Jesus had died for us so we could receive love from God the Father, but to come to the realization that Jesus not only died for us so that we receive love from God the Father, but He also died for God the Father so He could receive our love. For Jesus to so love His Father that He would take on the sins of the world so that His Father could receive our love, was mind numbing. What an awesome Son we serve.
I stopped in the mall to get a cup of coffee when I got to work and shared what had happened with the young man at the counter. He proceeded to witness to me and his entire staff was so overwhelmed by his love for Jesus, that they all came to know, love and serve our Savior. And our glorious Savior is more than worthy to be served. Bless You Lord Jesus. I love You for all You have done for us, and I love You for what You did for Your Father. What a glorious, glorious Son You are.
One and a half weeks later as I was driving to work, Lamar Blvd. was backed up as far as I could see, so I decided to head down Barton Springs and hop on I35 North. As I turned right the street was deserted, which never occurs. Standing on a street corner was a man with a huge deformity on his back. This hunchbacked man was the most severely deformed I had ever seen. And God said, "I am going to heal him." Then on the next corner, same block, was a little man on crutches, metal pole crutches, and the poles were bigger around than the man's legs, and God said, " I am going to heal him too. It wasn't until much later that I thought that perhaps these weren't men at all, but angels. Only God knows for sure, but I know that the day is coming when all deformities, all sickness and all beyond our every imagination will be healed. Glory to God. I don't understand the how or the when, but I know God is going to accomplish what He said He would do. I love You Lord.