Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Mark 3:34
Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 1 Thess 5:26
My son and I have this thing we do…we call it Eskimo sliders. It’s like Eskimo kisses, but we take it one step farther. We rub noses and then we “slide” our noses to the left or right. Sometimes we both “slide” left. Sometimes we both “slide” right. Sometimes we go opposite ways. Either way, we both end up giggling. I love my son so much!
When I was little my Mom and Dad did not share very much outward love with us. I don’t ever remember them hugging us or telling us they loved us…unless we said it first. BUT! I do remember a couple of times that my Mom gave me Eskimo kisses. I felt so loved when she would put her nose up next to mine and rub it back and forth, and look at me with her kind and gentle eyes. She was lovely. I love my Mom so much. I miss her, too, everyday, even though she’s been gone almost 27 years.
Remembering those Eskimo kisses reminds me of an awesome woman I met recently. We were sharing how we approached Jesus for forgiveness. I told her that at times I imagine myself sitting at the foot of the cross hugging it and letting the blood of Christ pour down on me. This woman humbly told me that there are times when she imagines herself climbing right up the cross and pressing her forehead to His forehead (I pictured something similar to an Eskimo kiss). I was impressed and inspired by her boldness!
As I was pondering all of these things early this morning Jesus reminded me of something I learned in Bethel Bible study last Wednesday. We were learning about who the Church is, Who sustains the Church, and what Its mission is. One of them is to be “A Redemptive Agency in the World in Which It Lives.” Genesis 12:1-3, Psalm 8:4-6a, Exodus 19:6, Isaiah 49:3 in the Old Testament and 2 Corinthians 6:16b and Philippians 2:13 in the New Testament. The author quoted:
That God uses the human vessel as the instrument through which he manifests himself to the world.
He then went on to explain: “Consequently, whatever we receive from the hand of God will…more likely than not…come to us through the
nose hand of a person or persons in whom his Spirit is residing. It is in this sense that the church, as Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27, Eph. 1:23, Col. 1:24) can rightfully be called a redemptive agency.”
The more I meditated on this the more the Lord opened up my mind to understand how He shows His love to us.
…may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… Ephesians 3:18
He broadened my scope of thinking to understand that every Eskimo kiss, every hug, every expression of love, can be viewed as His Spirit speaking to His Bride…His Church.
He even showed me that every romantic proposal of a groom to his bride can be seen as His own beckoning to His betrothed…us…His Church.
Have you ever imagined yourself kissing the face of God?
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12
He is showing me that He loves to give and receive kisses…even Eskimo kisses!
Father, I come into your presence with praise and thanksgiving and I greet you with a holy kiss. With boldness, through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son, my Brother, Jesus Christ, I press my nose to your nose, Abba Father, and receive your Eskimo Kiss, as I look into Your kind and gentle eyes. You are a good, gracious, and loving Heavenly Father. Please continue to broaden my understanding of the vastness of Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.