[He will wipe every tear from their eyes]
Sheya may never be your typical lap cat. I could be wrong. In time she may surprise me. However, for now, the only way that I can get her to sit in my lap is to meet her in our favorite go-to spot and get down on the floor with her. While I had her in my lap the other day, she contentedly purred away as I realized that our God in heaven did the very same thing for us; He came down to meet us on our own level. Doesn’t every good parent do this?
I may not have a child of my own (I’m a kitty mama though, that still counts for something), but I’ve seen good parents with their children. Loving parents lower themselves so that they can look there children in the eye. Thinking of our Saviour this way gets me teary. (It doesn’t take much for the water works to begin again…) Jesus not only lowered Himself, but He also felt what we felt. He took our suffering on Him and felt our pain. (Isaiah 53:4) He not only looked us straight in the eyes, but He also wanted to understand our sorrows.
He know’s where you’ve been, and He knows where you’re coming from. We don’t have to be afraid to get honest with Him when things have been rough. We can cry out to Him; we can question Him, and I suppose we can even get angry at times too. He understands. Our God isn’t only a Father, He’s also a Teacher, a Brother a Friend and a Helper. He’ll correct us if we’re wrong, but I’ve known Him long enough now to know how gentle He can be when He does correct us, and how wonderful He is when He comforts, encourages, and even spurs us on. It’s not easy to slip through the cracks while under His care and guidance, but we can sure stand at a great distance from Him or refuse to come down off of our high horse.
If He didn’t love us, He wouldn’t have come down from heaven; He wouldn’t have died and rose again to redeem the sinner; and He wouldn’t have gone to prepare a place for those who belong to Him, but He does love us. He loved us so much, that He was willing to give us the very best that He had to offer, so we don’t have to be afraid to do the same in return.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” –John 14:3
As we drove to our doctor’s appointments yesterday, I looked up at the mountains. I had this picture in my mind that I’ve used on my blog; it’ a mountain with a cross at its peak. For whatever reason, this made me think of Jesus return. (Maybe because my gaze was drawn upwards just as it would be at the sight of Jesus coming on the clouds.) My thought in that moment, which I voiced to Andrew, was this: “Maybe Jesus has to wipe our tears away because when we see Him coming we can’t help but cry.” I had tears in my eyes at the thought of seeing Him coming on the clouds, so I imagine when we, as His very own, do see Him, many, if not all of us, won’t be able to hold back those tears. Unfortunately, those who don’t know Him will have tears too, but not for the same reason. Maybe our tears will be a little of both: joy at His return, but sorrow for those who are left behind. Jesus left on the clouds, and He will return on the clouds, but at His second coming He won’t step foot upon the Earth. Instead, He will send His angels to gather His chosen ones. (Matthew 24:31)
Then they gathered around Him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.” –Acts 1:6-11
“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” –Matthew 24:30
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”–Revelation 21:4
Lord Jesus, thank you, for coming down from heaven so that You can one day come down again. Help us to be effective witnesses for you that more may accept You and be taken up to where You are also.