February 13th, '18
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SO GOOD ABOUT A GOODBYE?
most of all...that they would see his face no more..." (Acts 20:38)
One final pass through inter-coastal Turkey,
Paul called for the elders of the Ephesus church before his journey to
Jerusalem then deportment to Rome. He knew intuitively that it would be his
last pass through that area. Read Acts 20, so much pastoral love is expressed
there. These guys had fought together in the trenches. When Paul said they
would see his face no more the elders "wept on his neck" then escorted him to
his ship. It was sentimental, maybe even heartbreaking. Goodbyes are like that.
What's so good about a goodbye?
For one thing, the photos never fade. Paul
still had his memories, so did the Ephesus believers. Love transcends the
natural and physical. Elijah said goodbye to Elisha but he left his mantle of
power with the next generation prophet. Those that can't stay can at least
leave their wisdom and anointing behind. Moses saw the backside of God. I love
to see my friend's car coming, hate to see it going. Some people you want to
assist to the door, "Bye-bye", but others leave a gape in the heart when they
leave. What's so good about a goodbye, gleaning some positive trait in the
For another thing, goodbyes remind us of our
mortality. Like it or not human relationships are often pried from our grips.
Abraham buried Rebekkah, Jacob buried Rachel. And goodbyes define who is Lord
in our lives. Paul's mission was taking the gospel to Rome. Staying at Ephesus would have been a good thing but it wouldn't have been the God thing.
Jesus said goodbye to His disciples but He was sweating blood when He did it -
"Not my will, but thine be done". Goodbye was grueling but it proved His
obedience to the Father.
What's so good about a goodbye? Nothing, unless
there is such a thing as resurrection, after-life or happy endings. Here is the
heart of the gospel. Abraham said goodbye to Isaac but God gave his son back to
him on the backside of the trial. The disciples said goodbye to the Son of Man
on Good Friday but met the Son of God on Easter Sunday. Paul said, "If in this
life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable", but our
hope goes beyond this life. "I'll see you later" is a better parting word than
"goodbye" because we believe that if Jesus rose again then we also will share a
reunion. Jesus cried, "It is finished", but He didn't say "it is all over".
Nothing is over when there is a hope that transcends the limitations of this
life. Love outlasts loss. Faith overcomes failure. Why else would Jesus tell
Mary, "Weep not"? Mary had said goodbye with the best gift she could think of.
She poured out her costly perfume as a going away present. Jesus too gave the
best going-away gift He could offer by giving His life on the cross. The
parting cuts like a knife. The veil of the temple ripped from top to bottom but
Mary's heart had ripped long before that. But the rending is not the ending.
"Weep not"; circumstance will not have the last say. What seems like forever is
not for ever. Easter is right around the corner. The wait may seem like an
eternity but the day will dawn and there in the distance you will see the
silhouette of your hope, "Rabonni!"