Loving Beyond the Grave

“The heart is the blood-pump of the body. It is also used metaphorically when we speak of affections and feelings. Since it is the central organ of the body and one of the most vital, the Bible speaks of it as the wellspring of life. Hence, it is used synonymously with “life.” When the Bible says, “Son, give me thine heart,” it doesn’t mean that we are to cut out our actual hearts and give them to God. It means that we are to give Him our lives, our all. When we come to Christ, we are not only to give intellectual assent with our minds, we are to “believe in our hearts.” We can believe in the historic Jesus, but if we have “saving faith” our belief must involve our whole being. When we believe with all our hearts, the will, the emotions, and the intellect are surrendered to Christ.” – Billy Graham: Daily Devotional March 6, 2012

As a star crossed lover professes to “give her whole heart” to a beau, so we are called to give our whole heart to Jesus. Most of us say, “Oh yes- how easy.” But what we must realize is that giving our all to Jesus isn’t easy at all and it wasn’t meant to be. If you were sitting across from Don Juan professing your love, you could physically display it by hugs, kisses, and other gifts of affection but when Jesus lives in your heart and not in front of your face, showing your love to Him is less about physical acts and more about your emotional and spiritual attachment to Him.

A true deep love, is a love less like a lusting desire for a mate and more like a love that you hold on to in your heart for your best friend, or an extremely close parent or grandparent. Those who loved Christ on this spiritual level were not grieved as much at the death of Jesus on the cross. While the passing of the Lord was a dark and saddened time, the disciple John had a love so deep for Christ and His Eternal Word that John had confidence and a spiritual attachment to Him even beyond the grave. This is how Jesus could entrust His family to John, because He knew John would be able to handle the passing of Christ’s physical body from this earth better than the rest. John 12:26-27: “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” KJV

 

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23

How then do we love Jesus when we cannot see or “feel” Him? How do we give Him our whole heart? It is through our faith in Him and the solidity of His Word, His promises to us. It is sad today to see how many children hate their parents. They hate them simply because their parents never kept their word to them, Jesus however has always kept His Word to us. If your parents let you down and you have had a hard time loving Jesus because you can’t understand how anyone can keep their word… then begin today studying in the Bible the Words of Jesus specifically and develop a deep love for Christ: a trusting, faithful, promise-filled eternal love. He is waiting for you with opened arms, He is His Word!

Jesus, a Man of His Word:

• “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Matt 4:23

• “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.” Matt 8:13

• “But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”” Matt 8:22

• “He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Matt 8:26

• “Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”” Matt 9:2

• “Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment.” Matt 9:22

• “But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” Matt 12:27-29

 

“He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:1-10

 

Jessica Heilman is founder of Wholehearted Ministries in San Jose, Ca. You can read more about her and her ministry work by clicking HERE.

 

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