The Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator of the first verses of the Bible found in Genesis as John 1:3 says: “All things were made by Him.” As Revelation 22:13 says, He is the Alpha and the Omega of the last verses of the Bible. Also, He is the Center of discussion of the Bible’s story between its beginning and end.

Although kissing is a common subject in the Bible in the Old Testament and the New Testament, seldom is it practiced today among Christians. Although Christians are told to: “Greet one another with a holy kiss” (Rom. 16:16), this practice seldom appears to be obeyed in today’s climate. Affection among God’s children has cooled and great is the loss. (See other verses about kissing in an attempt to understand the revelation about what the Holy Spirit says about kissing (Gen. 27:27; 29:11; 45:15; 48:101 Sam.10:1; 20:41; Luke7:38; 15:20; Acts 20:37). (These verses about kissing with affection can be added to: 2 Cor.13:121 Thess. 5:261 Pet. 5:14; and Rom. 16:16, which give exhortations to kiss each other with holy love.) Of course, a kiss can betray (2 Sam. 20:9; Matt. 26:48), but fear of improper kisses should not rob a believer of the sweet experience of holy kisses of love as we “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” In today’s climate of sexual excesses and sexual harassment charges, God’s people need to be careful, but not to the point that we can’t be affectionate with our brothers and sisters, thereby causing ourselves to hold back our love from our Lord due to inhibition.

God’s children are told they are to kiss the central figure of the Bible, God’s only begotten Son. They also are told He will be angry if they don’t. This is somewhat of a surprising tone the Father takes with us. Many Christians are shocked to hear for the first time that kissing Jesus daily is necessary to keep God from becoming angry with them. Who wants Almighty God angry? Anyone who wants to avoid God being angry needs to know what it means to kiss Jesus. The easy answer would be that everything we do, whether a Bible study, giving a testimony or serving in the name of the Lord in some capacity needs to have at its heart a personal loving relationship with Jesus. However, though all this is true, there is more involved in kissing Jesus.

Lack of affection for the Lord Jesus produces bad results. The Holy Spirit, by means of inspiration, says that if we don’t kiss the Son we will perish from the way, which is the remainder of Psalm 2:12. I don’t know about you, but that idea causes me a bit of fear. Turning to John 14:6, we find something many of us have known for a long time. Here, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Also, Revelation 2:4 comes to mind, which tells us basically the same thing: “I have something against you, because you have left your first love.” In this verse. the Lord tells the church at Ephesus it better remedy its fallen condition or would experience Him coming quickly and having its candlestick removed. Revelations 2:4 teaches us that a person must repent if he or she loses his or her first love. Evidently, keeping first love is not all about emotion, but also involves confession and repentance.

We begin to understand Jesus when we kiss Him. Kissing involves the opening of our hearts and letting our minds take a short holiday, as anyone who is a successful kisser knows. This is a warm opening up of our hearts, not just a coming to understand facts about Jesus. Information only describes; it is not the experiencing of a relationship. Which would you rather do, read touching things about a person you love or hold him or her and kiss? Kissing Jesus is an emotional experience, an experience that makes our day, a first-love experience in which we open our hearts and minds completely and let Him have control. This comes from the filling of the Spirit of God as only the Holy Spirit teaches us about a relationship with Jesus (John 15:26).

A teenage girl said that when she got her first kiss, her lips tingled for a while after that first sweet kiss. She began to learn the power of a kiss and began to learn to be careful who she kissed. The body follows what the lips kiss. Today’s verse tells us that if we don’t have enough love to kiss the Son, and we hold back our hearts, He will be angry. Remember, a little kindling of His wrath is dangerous and has consequences. If we truly love our Lord, our hearts will urge us to be held by Him and return His kiss. Yes, it’s true that we give into the Spirit of God’s desires, but it is also true that we feel an irresistible desire to do so when our first love strikes our hearts afresh. Hearts that produce a natural need in the parties involved become one in spirit. Our first-love experiences of heart and mind should keep our souls satisfied and place smiles on our faces day by day. Perhaps that truth is part of the reason the Holy Spirit told God’s children that the will of God for His children is that they always rejoice, always pray and always give thanks (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Our Lord desires that we have hearts full of love for Him. If we do we will rejoice, pray and give thanks.

Another thing in regard to kissing Jesus should be mentioned. When we kiss Jesus, we kiss Almighty God Himself. As Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you before Abraham I Am,” (John 8:58). Here is a powerful thing; Jesus declared He was pre-existent; He existed before Abraham. This declaration by Jesus echoes the revelation of Exodus 3:14: “God said to Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.”

Kissing Almighty God is a life-changing experience. Sadly, many religious people will hear from the mouth of God, “I never knew you” (Matt. 7:23). This will happen because they didn’t have their first kiss from the living God who sent the express image of Himself, His Son, who is described in John 1:1-14. Kissing the wrong person, an imitation Jesus, never will get a person into heaven.

As we go through life, let us remember we got to know Jesus by our first kiss when we opened the doors of our hearts to Him and allowed Him to come inside. It is not too much of a stretch to say that when a person opens the door of his or her heart to Jesus that it effectively is greeting Him with a holy kiss (2 Cor. 13:12). Another way to understand the role of spiritual kisses in our lives would be to understand that when we were born again, our Father kissed us as any father instinctively kisses his newborn baby (John 3). Do you had children? If so, do know how your heart filled with love and you tenderly kissed the precious little one you held?

Our relationship with the Son began with, and is maintained by, a heart’s kiss of love and acceptance. I believe the Father baptizes each newly born again soul into His love at the moment he or she draws the first breath as a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). I also believe the Father looks down at His newly born again child, is pleased, and all of heaven rejoices along with Him (Luke 15:10).

From this day forth let us remember and obey: “Kiss the Son lest He be angry.” Psalm 2:12 will protect us from His anger and keep smiles on our faces.

The reason a relationship of love and acceptance causes a person to smile is that any person who has love and acceptance (which produces a feeling of success) is a happy person. What do we need other than love and success? These two pillars of happiness are found by God’s children when they abide in Jesus, the True Vine. He told us: “He that abides in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Kissing the Son is a love theme, and truly loving the Son is the source of respectively obeying the Son. Let us allow Jesus to conclude and summarize what He desires for His children to feel and follow: “As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you: continue in My love. If you keep My commandments, you shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things I have spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:9-11).

In these verses, our Lord Jesus tells the children of God that He loves them (a settled issue). However, we must continue experiencing this everlasting love by obeying Him as long as we still have breath. Only by obeying Him can we experience His personal joy in our hearts. His joy will give us our own fullness of joy. Have you ever noticed a person who has joy smiles a lot, even if the smiles sometimes are faint due to the pain with which they live?

Today, let us kiss the Son with passion; we don’t need to be shy when we kiss our Lord with a heart’s kiss of love and acceptance. Remember, the Lord’s children are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:37-38). That is the foundation of what Jesus said in John 15:9-11. In other words, if we desire to abide in Jesus’ love, the first thing we must do is obey the first and greatest commandment of loving our Lord with everything we have. Any further obedience we demonstrate is to come from first kissing Jesus or loving the Lord our God with everything we have, that is, returning to our first love. Obedience that does not proceed from kissing the Son is going to be judged as hay, wood and stubble (1 Cor. 3:12) on judgment day and will be burned.

A child who is full of love smiles a lot and helps us to smile, too. Perhaps this is one reason Jesus said: “Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same shall be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:4).

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