I’ve known Jesus for a long time, and to be honest, I find it hard to understand why someone wouldn’t want to accept his love and forgiveness?
But I wonder if sex is the excuse people give for why they don’t want to follow Jesus and enjoy a relationship with their loving creator?
Perhaps people don’t want to follow Jesus because they think that it will mean they have to give up their sexual freedoms in order to be constrained by the Bible’s rules?
They don’t want to give up having sex with their boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee… or the person they’re having an affair with.
They don’t want to stop having homosexual sex or visiting prostitutes, or doing all the kinds of things that they know God forbids.
Or maybe people don’t want to follow Jesus because they feel that their sexual sins will somehow disqualify them from being a Christian.
After all, it would seem impossible that Jesus would accept someone who’s had the kind of sex that is prohibited in the Bible.
But both of those excuses don’t work.
When Jesus chatted to a woman who was drawing water from a well, he promised her spiritual water that would fulfil her forever.
And even though this woman had been in a series of sexual relationships, Jesus was willing to accept her and to give her the kind of satisfaction that sex couldn’t bring.
So, no matter what you’ve done, Jesus will forgive you if you seek him.
And even though your sexual practices will be restricted to the maker’s instructions, it will actually provide the true sex that was designed for the greatest enjoyment.
As Jesus promised the woman,
“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 14:4)
Have you ever thought that God hates sex?
Maybe it’s because the Bible has lots of rules that seem to restrict our freedoms and that cause us to miss out on the ‘fun’ and ‘naughty’ side of sex?
Well, if that’s the case, then you’ve probably never read ‘The Song of Songs’.
This book of the Bible talks openly and unashamedly about sex, and its mention of private parts and private acts is enough to make anyone blush.
Throughout history some people have thought that the intimate love portrayed between the husband and wife was only just describing the love between Jesus and his church.
These people couldn’t cope with thinking that this saucy sex was in the Bible.
But God is pro-sex, and he made sex to be celebrated and enjoyed.
But like any good thing, it can easily be damaged if it’s not used according to its maker’s instructions.
And that’s why we learn in Song of Songs that true sex is wonderful, honourable, secure and committed.
It’s designed to be between a married man and a women, who together preserve this remarkable gift from God.
So instead of seeing God as some sort of spoil sport, we should see his words in the Bible about sex as the kind of wisdom that is worth a fortune.
The Song of Songs shows sex to be mind-blowingly good, but it also makes it clear that this powerful tool has the potential to cause real harm when it’s not used according to its maker’s instructions.
We carry this glorious love poem around inside our Bibles, so it is good for us to read it, and understand it.
And so, over the next four weeks, we’re going to study this remarkable book of the Bible, and whether you’re old or young, married or single, male or female, this will be a spiritual journey not to be missed!
The talks will run on 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 March 2019 at both our 5pm Saturday and 9am Sunday services at Jamberoo Anglican Church.