Warning: this’ll be what some consider weird.
Deal with it.
So… The other night during a time of praise & worship w/ some people from my church, I got a picture in my mind of a woman by a vanity. Her husband was away on a trip, but she knew he was coming back soon so she was getting herself ready for him.
She knew when he came back, that there would be passionate intimacy between them, and she didn’t want anything to slow down their togetherness once He got back.
When I hear people talking about Jesus coming back, I tend to think of people wearing sandwich boards telling people to repent for the-end/judgment/whatever is nigh (etc.) Yet, when Scripture talks about His return, the discussion is one of a groom coming for His bride. A lover in longing.
I tend to disregard anyone when they start talking about the rapture and whatnot.
I even tend not to listen as much when they talk about His return putting the world to rights and bringing peace and restoration (which is something I long for dearly.)
But up til now, I’ve never appreciated this side of it.
But tell me about being together with the one I love!
Stir up my heart for the moment when I encounter his love and am changed by it. I’ll swoon.
It’s generally not talked about in the church. (Especially by men - but a culture that has historically been rampant with homophobia will tend to be that way - but that’s a whole other discussion)
And it’s still a bit weird even for me too - but I think there’s something to take hold of here. We talk about Jesus being the lover-of-our-souls, but we often keep intimacy and friendship with Him at something no-closer than a handshake or a hug-between-bros.
I don’t know what it’ll look like - but I can trust that the best intimacies we know now will pale in comparison to the emotional security and closeness we’ll experience.
He’s coming back and I want to prepare myself.
Not as a nervous sinner trying to do good things/earn favor & stay out of trouble (because it’d be completely missing the point)
But as a lover waiting for & imaging & hoping for the fulfillment of all that which we have as of yet unfulfilled & unsatisfied.