LOVE IN THE WAITING
“Let me make it quite clear: You will weep and be overcome with grief over what happens to me. The unbelieving world will be happy, while you will be filled with sorrow. But know this, your sadness will turn into joy when you see me again!”
John 16:20 TPT
In the light of the morning, love seemed silent.
The hearts of the people who loved Jesus, wept. Deep sorrow and anguish overwhelmed their souls and their endless tears made it hard to breathe their very next breath.
Their Messiah...their King was gone.
Every detail and every moment of Jesus’ crucifixion replayed in the minds of His onlookers. Forever ingrained into their memory, hearts longed to know IF they could have, or should have done something differently to change the outcome.
In the waiting, they filled heaven with their prayers.
Waiting: meaning the action of staying where one is or delaying action until a particular time.
Where is love in the silence?
Jesus had once spoken these very words preparing the hearts of his disciples, “Remember what I have told you, that I must go away, but I promise to come back to you. So if you truly love me, you will be glad for me, since I am returning to my Father, who is greater than I.” John 14:28
Where is love in the waiting?
“But I come swiftly, so cling tightly to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown of victory.” Revelation 3:11
What is grief if you don’t have the final expression of love?
"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
1 Corinthians 13:7
All who grieved, immensely loved Jesus. But little did they know what true love was about to do.
The cross was not the final destination. The cross was the means to the goal.
The promise is in the waiting.
“We may weep through the night, but at daybreak it will turn into shouts of ecstatic joy.” Psalm 30:5b
This is love.
~ Stefanie Rodriguez