Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lift the veil and see

Happy endings need the right hero, what only the hero can do. But in the end, 'The Hero' is 'The Happy Ending'. The best story. The mega story, isn't about happy benefits. It will be said on that day,

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9 ESV)

We're called to look to The LORD of Hosts but some say, what's the fuss about. His death and resurrection answers death, and sorrow and shame and "the veil" or "covering" that covers the world. Human eyes, minds, hearts are veiled. They cannot see.

But, the LORD of Hosts says as we hear of him, as we turn to him, the veil is lifted and the flood light of the Holy Spirit shines into our hearts so that we might see him. As in creation so in recreation, our hearts are remade to see him.

As a bride walking down the aisle is veiled, so we are. But as we come to our divine husband, the LORD of Hosts who we know as Emmanuel, as Jesus, so the veil is removed and we see the glory of the LORD in the face of Jesus Christ. We see the self-giving love of the crucified and resurrected Saviour.

The great romantic comedy ends with a wedding. 

A wedding in which he says - "all that I have a share with you, all that I have I give to you."

Not words about the DVD collection and the kitchen utensils, but the giving of self to another.

Words that tell the story of conversion. Words that tell the story of "union with Christ".

As in the echo that is marriage, so in the voice that is Christ's love for his people, we gain him and he gains us.

He says, "you are my beloved and I am yours" and our hearts reply "you are my beloved, and I am yours."

For he is mine, and I am his.

The happy ending is set in a renewed world - everything matters - but the heart beat is that of two lovers, today waiting to see one another. Facing the day to day of life, not by denial of death and the sorrows and shame of life, but with a gritty optimism. Honest about the pain and tragedy of life, but not defeated and destroyed by it.

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