Continued from last week…
My God is love. He defines love, in its total essence. Nothing called love exists outside of Him. Seeing right from His creation of me down to His dying for me and paying the ultimate price for ALL my sins, I cannot but conclude that He loves me. He didn’t wait for me to become good before loving me. Rather, He loved me while I was ungood. What a lover!
And that’s not all. He wasn’t just content with doing all that. He decided He would have no other eternal worship business partner but me. He went ahead and prepared a place for me there in heaven, the city with the streets of gold. And He promised to return for me. To take me there.
That’s the classic true love story of Ugo and Chisom. After helping Chisom through school, Ugo travels to Emelika and promises to come back for Chisom very soon. Because Ugo is the most trustworthy fellow in the village and the love for Ugo is in the stars, and Chisom has eyes for no other (they’ve all tried…even the village head), Chisom is expecting the arrival of the great Ugo, who will not only take her hand in marriage but also take her to a new home where there would be running water and constant electricity. Imagine how many letters would have gone either ways, across oceans. And the love expressed…hmm…Chisom will prim herself up to the Emelikan standard. She must be everything for Ugo, of course 😉
Just like that. But far better. Eternally better, please. Like that is the love story of Jesus and the Church, His Bride.
And so I cannot fathom being afraid of His coming to pick me up to glory. Its a love story, not a kidnap or other disastrous story.
And the more we see it that way as Christians, the better for us all. The more we will work out salvation and keep pressing on, rebelling against the sin that easily ensnares and entering to more and more of loving the Bridegroom Jesus.
Not the wacko Jesus. Or the crazy Jesus. Or the suspicious Jesus.
The Bridegroom Jesus.
And He won’t come till the Spirit has gotten into the Bride enough, for the Bride to be gingered to say “Come, I want you so badly honey. I miss you”.
After all, the Word says the Spirit and the Bride will say ” Come”.
Does that presuppose that the Bride will be afraid of the coming of the Bridegroom?
Wake up Christian and look towards your Bridegroom and King. Keep your lamp burning and oil it with intimacy with your Lover. And see the wonders of the changing power of Love at work as everything that hinders this Love is removed daily.