Just watched a really moving TV program where separated family members are reunited. A mother meets her 40 year old son who was taken from her at birth. A lady sees and embraces her sister for the first time in 50 years. The reunions are always very emotional and tearful. Not boo-hoo-crying-buckets tearful but eyes welling up and overflowing in trickling streams of joy and sadness tearful.
Anything deeply moving usually points to something beyond itself. Like a good movie. We respond emotionally to the themes and truths that hold the universe together and speak of its purpose and the nature of it’s creator. In this case, it’s our separation from God. We were made to be like him and to be with him. Ever since Adam’s fall our souls have longed to be reunited with him in paradise.
Every holiday we take points to this. Every drug or narcotic we take points to this. Every marriage and every rom-com points to this. Every thirst quenching drink, every nourishing meal all point to our need and longing to be with God. All striving and posturing and fashion and fast cars point to our efforts to make ourselves presentable to him. But they are misguided. We can be reunited with God only through faith in Jesus.
As we trust in Jesus we are changed to be like Jesus and enjoy his closeness to God the Father. We will one day be with Jesus in the paradise of God’s presence, but even now heaven can invade earth. In Jesus, God is the food that nourishes our souls. Jesus gives us the water of God’s presence that eternally quenches our thirst. Jesus did the work to get us into God’s good books. Jesus gives us rich robes of righteousness to wear. Through faith in Jesus we can wield God’s power.
Often when people experience the presence of God there are tears. Not boo-hoo-crying-buckets tearful but eyes welling up and overflowing in trickling streams of joy and sadness tearful. As we draw near by the Holy Spirit we feel the grief of our sin and the loss of years spent away from him. But we also experience the joy and delight of his closeness and overwhelming love for us.