13 LOVE IN ACTION
My tears matter to Jesus just as much as anyone else’s.
But the solution to my internal loneliness and internal
meaninglessness wouldn’t be finding a pretty girl, nor
would it be ending world hunger. The solution is and
will continue to be Jesus Christ died and raised and
coming again to heal us all for good.
So what then do we do while we wait? Jesus has given us
His Spirit and His Inspired Word to show us how to give
and receive love while we are eagerly waiting for his return
(Romans 8: 22-24), and entering into Marriage is a significant role that can play (though it is certainly not the only
Biblical marriage can often be referenced as living metaphor for Christ’s love. In the book of Hosea he is called to
love and be committed to his wife Gomer no matter her
potential unfaithfulness (she was a prostitute). Paul in his
letter to the Ephesians calls on married couples to “submit
to one another out of reverence for Christ” and to love each
other, “just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up
for her” (Ephesians 5: 21-25).
We are also called to give and receive love with those who
are oppressed and marginalized in the world. Not only
do passages like Isaiah 11: 4 declare God will “with justice
give decisions for the poor of the earth” but Jesus himself
identifies with the hungry, homeless, sick, and imprisoned
in Matthew 8: 20 and 25: 31-46. This is a relationship that
is about both giving to and learning from the marginalized as Scripture declares that “Religion, which is pure and
undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans
and widows in their affliction” not simply to give money or
resources, but to be in relationship (James 1: 27).
Give and receive love in this life. Entering into a marriage is
a wonderful way to do this, Jesus proclaims the goodness
Marriage in both Matthew 19 and Mark 9. Forming relationships with and caring for the marginalized and oppressed
in this world is also a key part of Jesus’ earthly ministry and
his future judgment. But always remember, it will not ultimately be you who “wipes away every tear” for your own
eyes or anyone elses, but it is Jesus Christ who is making all
things new, and will ultimately satisfy the completed work
of the Cross in his triumphant return.
It was in this moment of selfish misery that Revelation 21 hit me harder than it ever had before. At the end of
time as we know it Jesus Christ will come once again “to dwell among the people.” He will meet all of us down
here in our pain and brokenness and “He will wipe every tear” from our eyes. “There will be no more death or
mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things” will pass away (Revelation 21: 3-4).