Seven Kisses in the Bible

THE SEVEN KISSES IN THE BIBLE.

 

The Kiss is a graceful demonstration of love that expresses our passion for a person whom we love and respect. To honor someone, kisses are done in private or in public. Generally speaking it is offered as a greeting, farewell, adoration or worship. People hate to kiss somebody they dislike. No one desire to receive a kiss from someone they don’t know. And we never kiss a total stranger or yearn to be kissed by a stranger.

 

Anatomy of a kiss reveals, twenty muscles act together in harmony to create a decent kiss.The Smile seems to be a close relative of a kiss, because 19 muscles moves together to demonstrate a smile. You will smile when you passionately kiss some one you like. If two strangers kiss each other with no specific reason, there must be some thing terribly wrong. And a dishonest expression of love reflects meaningless exchange of empty emotions. It is as funny as two dead bodies kissing each other.

 

The Screen kiss is a loveless kiss and an intimate kissing shot in a movie is not an easy act to shoot. In Films, professional kiss is a part of the actors momentary expression of love for a particular scene and it is done without a long lasting commitment. The longest recorded kiss took place in New York on Dec 5th, 2001. It lasted 30 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

 

Seven stages seen in a wholesome kiss are the following.

 

1.Head to body        [your head scans the whole person you kiss]

2.Eye to eye            [your eye gets locked with the eye of the person you kiss]

3.Voice to Voice       [your voice exchange words of grace to honor the one you kiss]

4.Hand to hand       [your closeness make you do a hand shake with the person you kiss]

5.Hand to Shoulder [you embrace the person you kiss]

6.Face to face         [your faces should touch in a kiss]

7.Lip to lip                [your lips demonstrate intimacy than merely speaking the words of love]

 

The Kiss is a very sensitive thing. Nine senses are in action in a very intimate kiss.

 

1.Sense of sight      – [Perception of vision]

2.Sense of sound    – [ Perception of sound]

3.Sense of smell      – [Perception of smell]

4.Sense of taste     – [Perception of taste]

5.Sense of touch    – [Perception of pressure]

6.Sense of speed    – [perception of speed]

7.Sense of balance – [perception of balance]

8.Sense of time       – [perception of timing]

9.Sense of heat      – [perception of heat]

 

In the American wedding, after the ceremony, the Priest will tell the Bride Groom to “Kiss the Bride”.

It is the first expression of true love and togetherness. Gen 2:24 says, a man shall leave his father and mother

and be joined to his wife, they shall become one flesh. And it begins with a kiss. The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Cor 6:17

 

SEVEN KISSES IN THE BIBLE.

 

1. The Kiss of Life.

 

God is light; in Him there is no darkness. In the beginning when God created the Heaven and the earth, the darkness was over the surface of the deep. To bring His dominion over the state of darkness, God spoke His heart and send His awesome word through His mouth. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light” (Gen 1: 1-3). Jesus Christ the Son of God is the light of life. He is the true light that illuminates every man. He gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist (Rom 4:17). He is the King of Glory. He is the image of the invisible God. In the very first encounter with the mankind, the Last Adam kissed the first Adam with a kiss of life. We read, “God formed the man of dust from the ground and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life “(Gen2:7). The Breath of Almighty gives life (Job 33:4).

So every thing that has breath may praise the Lord now. Hallelujah.

 

Today to receive a new kiss of life, breathe the fragrance of Heaven by listening the Word of God. “All Scripture is God breathed” [2Tim 3:16]. The breath of God gives understanding (Job 32:8). Bible says, “Jesus breathed on the disciples” (John 20:22). The Scripture was not written by the will of man, but the holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Pe 1:21). The Scripture brings an encounter with its Author, the Spirit of the Living God. “It is the Spirit who gives life” (Jn 6:63). Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are the Spirit and life” (Jn 6:63). “He who has an ear,let him hear what the Spirit says” (Re2:7). “Incline your ear,come to me, hear me and your soul shall live”(Isa 55:3). Ezekiel (2.1) says, The Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me. Where there is Spirit, there is freedom. When we know the truth, the truth shall set us free. Jesus came to set the captives free. Apostle Paul wrote, “For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God (1Cor1.18)

 

 

Let every heart get illuminated to clearly see the mystery of Christ in all its glory. His Voices imparts the fullness of His life in those who listen His word reverentially and obey Him completely!!! May your inner man get rejuvenated by a kiss of life from Christ the Breath of life. Amen!!!

 

2. THE KISS OF BLESSING

 

We know the Story of Isaac the father of twins in the book of Genesis (Gen27:1-19).Rebekah the mother of the twins loved the younger son Jacob more than Esau the elder one. She heard Isaac telling Esau to bring him a savory dish so that he can enjoy that delicacy and bless him. Before the elder son Esau did what his father told, his mother Rebekah informed Jacob about his father’s plan to bless Esau. She prepared a dish for the father Isaac on behalf of Jacob the younger son. But before Esau brought what his father said, Jacob reached Isaac with the savory dish in disguise of his brother Esau. Now watch carefully how the Isaac’s blessings came on Jacob instead of Esau.

 

In Gen 27:21 we read Isaac said “Please come close, that I may feel you my son, whether you are really Esau or not”.

Isaac said “the voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau”. A father’s senses are fully activated to feel the closeness of his son. Isaac asked his son something very passionate. “Please come close to me and kiss me, my son” (Gen 27:26-27). In disguise of Esau, Jacob came close and kissed his father first and got blessed by him.

 

Many people are not blessed today because they stay far from their Father in Heaven. Sin separates you from God, so repent before it is too late to run back and kiss Him. Jesus invites every one saying, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father in Heaven but through me”.”Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). God is passionately waiting for you. Come near the Father in Heaven. Jesus is the one and only way to the Father. Jesus died in your place, He got punished for the sins you did against God. He carried all your curses on the cross. He rose again from the dead on the third day. He conquered the sin and death forever and became your Savior. Believe in the holy sacrifice of Jesus; and welcome His Lordship in your heart. If you repent and confess your sins, God will forgive your sins. The Blood of Jesus will cleanse your sins and make you stand righteous before God.

Here, you get the right to be the child of God (Jn 1:13).

 

Sin no more and remain in constant union with Christ till the end. Through your obedience of faith in His word, He is able to sanctify your whole being and make you stand blameless before Him. And the Lord will never leave you lonely. The Salvation of your soul is a kiss of blessing from the Father in Heaven and you receive it as you submit to God and embrace Christ His Son who died for you on the cross. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness every day and all the blessings will be given to you (Mt 6:33).

 

3.The Kiss of Compassion

 

Ps 85:10 says, “The mercy and truth are met together,righteousness and peace have kissed each other”. On the cross Christ made peace with God for us.He became our peace for ever. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.God exchanged the life of His beloved Son Jesus to forgive the sins of all the prodigal sons. We see a kiss of forgiveness and compassion in the story of the prodigal son in Luk 15: 11-20.

 

“A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything and went on a distant journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. After he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country. That guy sent him to the fields to feed the swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods for the swine, but no one was giving even that to him.

 

But he came to his senses; he said ‘how many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired men’. So he got up and came to his father. While he was a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the father said to his slaves, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet and bring the fattened calf, kill it and let us eat and celebrate”.

 

Jesus said “I have this against you, you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen

and repent and do the deeds you did first;or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place”(Re 2:4-5). Do what the prodigal son did, humble yourself, truly repent and get back. Then God will also get back to you.

James 4:8, 10 says “Draw near to God, He will draw near to you” and “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will lift you up”. Heb 4:16 says “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the Throne of Grace,

so that we may receive mercy and grace in the time of need”. Good Shepard gave up His life to find His lost sheep;

His sheep will hear His voice. Jesus asked, “Do you love me more than these?”

 

Embrace Him and never leave Him.Rejoice in Him and celebrate Him.His heart is full of love and tenderness; You may know, Father God is waiting to give you that Kiss of Compassion. But are you ready to run back?!!! In His presence there is fullness of joy and in His right hand there are eternal pleasures.

 

4.The kiss of separation

 

In the book of Ruth we see a kiss of separation. Ruth 1:14 Orpah kissed her mother in-law a kiss of good bye

and went back to her own people and their idols. She chose not to worship the living God with her mother- in law.

But Ruth the other daughter-in law left Moab and clung to her mother-in law to worship the Living God and got blessed.

Heb 3:12 says “Take care brethren that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Living God”. In the book of Genesis (19:1-28) Lord came to destroy the head-quarters of sexual immorality, the Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

But the compassion of the Lord was upon Lot’s family who lived there. Even though Lot was hesitant to escape from there, Lord brought them out of those cities. Angels of the Lord said “Escape for your life! Do not look behind

you and stay any where in the valley, escape to the mountains”. Lord over threw those Cities and its inhabitants.

But the heart of the Lot’s wife’s was craving for Sodom. She disobeyed the instruction of the Lord and got cursed.

It is written “His wife from behind him looked back and became a pillar of salt” (Gen 19:26).

 

Many people’s spiritual lives are standing dead as a pillar of salt. They are reluctant to escape the corruption of this world by lust.Part with the sinful pleasures and flee from sexual immorality. Love the Lord with all your heart. Obey Him and never grieve Him. Partial obedience is disobedience.”If any one does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed” (1Cor 16:22). “It is a terrifying thing to fall in the hands of the living God” [Heb 10:31].

 

We see a heart-breaking Kiss of separation in Act 20:36-38 . “The brothers in Christ wept aloud and embraced Paul and

kissed Him again and again, grieving especially over the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again” .

Before the three days of the demise of my beloved dad in Kochi, I was called for an urgent assignment of Recording in Mumbai. As I left, our eyes met for the very last time and I embraced Dad passionately and kissed him good bye. Deep down in our hearts we both knew that was our last kiss in this life time. Dad was in the last sinking stages of lung cancer. After a week I finished my work in Mumbai and I was coming back home, while I was in the train Dad passed away in the hospital. But he left something beautiful for me to remember all my life, a sweet kiss of separation.

 

But I will meet up with him in eternity.I have a hope that never disappoints,because my hope is in Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus is the Hope of Glory. Amen

 

5. The Kiss of Deception

 

Deception convinces people to believe the wrong or incomplete information, deception keeps the wholesome truth invisible and it reveals the half-truths. Adding or deleting anything from the Word of God is deception. In the Garden of Eden, Eve was deceived by the half truths interpreted by the deceiver. Devil twisted the instruction of God and contaminated the purity of God’s commandments. The lack of the complete obedience of faith in the absolute truth of God resulted in the fall of the mankind.

 

Pro 27:6 says “The kisses of the enemy are deceitful”. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus was in pain, His body was sweating blood, His Spirit was in agony. His disciple Iscariot Judas is coming to betray Him. Deception breaks the trust between relationships. And it produces moral and deep psychological conflicts. Betrayal is the act of supporting the rival group. It bites like a cobra and paralyzes like a python.

 

In [Luk 22:47-48] Judas approached Jesus with an evil intention by giving Him a kiss of deception. May be devil the deceiver who stole the greedy heart of Judas made him believe, Jesus is able to save Himself from death and Judas can earn some good money in the bargain. Jesus said “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”. The thirty silver coins conquered and hardened the heart of Judas. Judas kissed the King of compassion with a kiss of deception.

So [Heb 3:13] warns us, not to get hardened by the deceitfulness of the passing sinful pleasures of this world. Apostle James wrote “Do not merely listen to the Word and deceive yourselves. Do what it says (Jam1:22)”. In [Rev 2:10] Jesus says, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life”.We read “Blessed is the man who stands the test,

he will receive the crown of life ” (Jam 1:12). “Bad company corrupts good character” (1Cor 15:3). God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, he will reap (Gal 6:7). For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift from it (Heb 2:1).

 

6. The Kiss of worship

 

In these days of fake acts of worship [Psalms 2:12] says you better passionately “Kiss the Son”. Without an encounter with God you cannot do it. So you need to earnestly seek Him like the deer pants for water to see Him face to face.

An earnest seeker becomes a true lover and a true lover becomes a passionate worshiper. Like Ruth who came near Boaz and secretly expressed her desire for marriage, let your heart demonstrate your love to Jesus (Ruth 3:7).

 

In 2Cor 11:2-3 Paul wrote “I have betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ”. Fix your eyes on the author and finisher of faith (Heb 2:2). Our Lord is so adorable, more glorious and handsome than ten thousand lovers. Your Kiss of worship bonds you with Christ and unites you in one Spirit with Him (1Cori 6:17). How deep is your love??? True love will make you deny yourself and follow Him.

 

You will die daily and escape the corruption of this world and partake in His Divine nature (2Pe 1:4). You will joyfully say “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me”(Gal 2:20). The God pleasing act of worship sanctifies the worshiper to meet up with God face to face. “Without sanctification no one can see God”(Heb 12:14). Even if you sing the finest worship songs, even if you do the greatest worship dances or even if you worship in the biggest Churches, worship without transformation is totally unacceptable to God. Renewal of mind according to the perfect will of God is the heart of God pleasing worship. We are called to live the mind of Christ and resist ‘the mind of the flesh’ (Rom 8:5). For that Paul said,”Walk by the Spirit, so you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh” (Ga 5:16).

 

A vessel of honor keeps itself holy and pure like this (1Tim 4:5). Remain thankful and rejoice in the Lord, remember what has Lord done for you. “You have been bought with a price, therefore you should glorify God in your Body”(1Cor 6:20).

Before the texts of Theology of Worship was written, a passionate lady earned her degree in true worship and was honored by the Lord Himself. We see this true story in [Luke 7:36-50].

 

“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with Him and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner. She learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. She started to weep and began to wet His feet with tears. She wiped Lord’s feet with her hair and anointed them with perfume”. Here this praise worthy lady broke an alabaster jar full of expensive perfume as an expression of her love and devotion to Jesus. Simon the leper who invited Jesus was a Pharisee; He never even did the basic Jewish customs to welcome Jesus the Guest of Honor. And when Simon saw what the devoted lady was doing, he grumbled at Jesus regarding the reputation of that woman. But the Lord accepted her true adoration of worship and He said to Simon, “I came into your house and you gave me no water and you gave me no kiss unlike this woman, so her sins have been forgiven”.

 

When you repent truly before God, your sins are forgiven and your illnesses are healed.  But Simon refused to express his reverence and awe for the Lord and thank God for His holy presence in his house. Simon forgot how Abraham honored the presence of God in his house as three men visited Him. Abraham humbly put his face down on the ground and welcomed the presence of God and was mightily blessed by God. Simon denied to give Christ the Lord a kiss of worship. What a pity, Simon was not blessed, even though the Great Lord came to dine with him and bless him. No great gift was released by the Great Giver as Simon’s heart was thankless and loveless.

 

The Lamb of God was slain for all on the cross, He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. So Psalms 2:12 says, “Kiss the Son!” or He be angry and you perish on the way. Let your heart kiss the Son with a kiss of worship.

 

7. Kiss of the Bride Groom

 

The Song of Solomon begins with a desperate cry for love. The spotless, lovable and kissable Bride cries, “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth”. Church, the Bride of Christ is deeply craving now for a passionate kiss from the Lord.Nothing else will satisfy the Church more than the glorious encounter with Christ the King in the sky. Jesus said, I will build my Church and the gates of hades cannot overpower it [Mat16:18]. For more than 2000 years the Lord was building His Church and the glorious Church always defeated the gates of Hades. The Bride of the Lamb has keeps herself ready for the wedding of the Lamb.

 

Psalms 45:13 says the Royal daughter is all glorious within the palace. Song 6:11 says, She looks like the dawn,

She is fair as the moon and she remains pure as the sun.And Love burns like a blazing fire, it burns like a mighty flame, many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it, love is stronger than death. Jesus proved this on the cross by demonstrating the love of God to us. Shadrak, Meshak and Abednego proved their commitment and passion for God was stronger than the fire of human judgment. The zeal for the Church consumed the heart of Jesus (Jn 2:17).

Our Lord God is a Consuming Fire. His blazing flashes of Fire destroyed the works of all evil. He conquered the power of sin and death for ever.

 

All authority has been given to Him in Heaven and earth. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Jesus said “I am the first and the last and the living one. I was dead and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and Hades” (Rev 1:17-18). The bride said to herself “I am my beloved’s and His desire is for me” (Song 7:10) . In (Rom 8:35-39) Paul the bond servant of Christ says, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus our Lord. Day after day she is growing from strength to strength and glory to glory. She constantly gets deep rooted in Christ Her King. She fans into flame the gifts of the Holy Spirit and produces the fruit of the Spirit in all the seasons of life. She is awake like a violent warrior to fight a good fight of faith in her battles.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent one take it by force (Mt11:12). By His love this violent lady remains a triumphant conqueror (Rom 8:37) And she is awesome as an army with banners (Song 6:4) She says “let no one cause trouble for me, or I bear the brand-marks of Jesus in my body (Gal 6:17). God the Father has kept her blameless and Holy.

 

She tells the King of love “Kiss me; kiss me with the kisses of your mouth”. She says “draw me, let’s hurry”. The time is near for the second coming of Jesus the King of Glory. Are you ready? Devote your heart to a life of adoration and worship? Stay blameless, lovable and kissable till the Lord comes. With all your strength guard your heart and keep His word. Pray and fellowship with His Saints. Greet them with a holy kiss; give them all a kiss of love. Jesus says in Rev22:12 “I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me to give every one according to his work”. In Song 2:14 the King says “Oh my dove who sits in the cleft of a rock, let me see your face, and let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.

 

Here I pray, Lord Jesus, come soon and kiss me with a sweet kiss of love. Amen

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