The Topic Of Love

Love – What a topic! The whole Bible is a love story, and now we will condense it to three paragraphs.

Maybe even to one word—Jesus!

He is the central theme in the whole Bible, and he is co-author not only of the Bible but, also, of life itself.

We should be glad that God the Father has made it simple for us: accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and live forever, or reject him and miss out on eternal life.  You may say that this is narrow and too severe, that there should be some latitude to allow for human error.

You would not ask this same casualness from your airline pilot on a trans-Atlantic flight or from your country’s president in a nuclear crisis; no, my friend, you would want to know that there was a sure guaranteed way of success provided by your leader, and that is exactly what God The Father has provided us in his Son, “The way, the truth, and the life.”

“The law came through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  Grace and truth are what we need; they are God’s love expressed—grace, the gift of his presence and power in our life, and truth, the knowledge of the secrets of life.  

We need both God’s presence and power and also to know his secrets, if we are to prosper in this life.  Life is a lot like a Rubik’s Cube – we must practice constantly to learn the right patterns of life that will result in our desired result—a puzzle solved and a finished work of art.  

And only in Jesus do we have a picture of the finished result and also a coach that will guide us through all of the winning moves.

Love Story is a touching movie about a husband and wife’s passionate love as the wife is dying. Fortunately, in Jesus, the dying part has already been accomplished—we have already died with Christ (symbolized in our baptism) and only bliss and glory await us on the other side.  

We are so steeped in life’s dramas and traumas that this truth can barely penetrate our toughened exterior; we are afraid of another false hope that will crush our spirits. However, this hope is sure; his promise is steadfast, and, if we hold on to our faith and hope, life, glory, and bliss are our sure rewards.

Jesus himself is our reward.  And not to worry; God meets us more than halfway.  If we make up our minds to persevere with him, he moves heaven and earth to make sure that we succeed.  He has no higher priority.  As it is written: “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”—Hebrews 7:25 (NKJV).

— Brad Heilhecker