I haven’t seen the movie Collateral Beauty yet but I intend to. Maybe you’ve seen it. Perhaps it’s good. Maybe it’s not. Don’t tell me yet. If you don’t know of the movie, here’s a storyline from IMDB:
When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
The part of the movie’s storyline that appeals to me is the idea of meeting Love. In person.
Today is Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. It is the celebration and remembrance of, by any measurement ever devised by man, the greatest act of Love. I’m sure you’ve heard the story.
It doesn’t take too much living to realize that life is difficult and painful. At the ripe old age of 7 I had a crush on a girl at school. I didn’t know what to do about it so I just walked up to her and told her. I was rebuffed. To be fair, we had not yet learned the word “rebuffed” at school yet so I wasn’t sure what to call it… but I knew it hurt. Later I learned that being rebuffed was an act of indifference on the part of the rebuffer (yeah, I just made that word up). That wasn’t the last time I was rebuffed, not by a long shot. Life is painful, indeed.
I wonder if these types of experiences are why we resist meeting Jesus in the first place? Because we experienced indifference before, and it hurt. Surely our reluctance is not based on any offense of Jesus. Could it be that we hold back because we feel intimidated? I mean, He is God after all. Perhaps it comes down to simple indifference toward Him. That was my response to Jesus for all those lonely barren years. The lesson I learned about the pain of indifference at 7 years old was an important one but I did not learn very well.
The human heart was not created to accept indifference. It was created to desire acceptance, and for that desire to be fulfilled by God. And there is the matter of us being created in the image of God, which I interpret here to mean our hearts are meant for relationship not isolation.
Some of us have not paid much (or any) attention to Jesus. Some of us expended great amounts of energy to run away from Him. Some people sank to great depths to discredit Him, deceive Him, destroy Him. But, as you probably already know, Jesus cannot be denied. Humanity has never, and will never, meet a person like Jesus. He is the One and Only.
So here’s where I wanted to go with this post: Jesus, by living the life and dying the death He did, and being resurrected to life again to ascend to Heaven, is the embodiment of Love. He is Love personified. He is Love, in Person.
So if you’ve met Jesus, you have met Love Himself. If you haven’t met Jesus, there is no way you can know what you are missing. He would love to hear from you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
John 3:16-17 ESV