Keith Sweat and Corruptible CrownsOne of the memorable R&B hits of the late 1980’s was the song “Make it Last Forever” by Keith Sweat (and guest singer Jacci McGhee). Although I was too young to process the dynamics of being “in love,” I could sense that this was a special song (if for nothing else, the numerous times DJ’s replayed the song on radio and the skating rink). In reflection, it creates a clear picture of one of the many things we indeed desire to never end.
Anyone who has been in love knows the power of those moments. Exact mutuality (a deep of sense of reciprocated passion for the other), freedom to be vulnerable (sharing what has been reserved for thought and fantasy), longing for the next moment of engagement, incomparable affirmation, exaggerated reality (this will last forever) are the types of feelings or experiences that are associated with the “in love” phenomena. Hopefully I haven’t taken you back to 1950, 1975, 1984, 1999, or even last week. Hopefully my carrying on hasn’t made you smile too much, or possibly angry or even momentarily depressed in a through of reflection. But there is a human longing to “Make it Last Forever.”What is that “IT;” it is glory, bliss, victory, special, liberation, happiness, pleasure, ecstasy, and the other synonyms or words that could be added to this list. Yet as great as these experiences are, the sad truth is they are corruptible. They are great moments, but the systems of this world have corrupted any chance of “IT” lasting forever. In this world, life can go from love to brokenness, from champion to chump, from stardom to has-been, from marriage to divorce, from promotion to misery, from friends to enemies, from health to limitations, from excitement to boredom, from freshness to apathy.
CHEATED, is the cry of many who no longer have the “mountain top” experience. SIGH, is the emotional expression of those who long for the experience “IT.” Hard work, perseverance and commitment are the investments made by those who have experienced or desire to experience continued flashes of the “IT.”
Some may borrow Frank Sinatra’s phrase “That’s Life”, others may say “you only get one life, so make the most of it.” Yet in Christ Jesus, there is a life an “IT” that lasts forever. The life that Christ gives (even for Christians) is hard to wrap one’s mind around because of the experience of corruption. A broken heart can be broken so bad that it resists the very possibility of love, but I borrow the song of Paramore (Jesus) “You are the only Exception”.What do I mean by the only exception, I mean Jesus has an “IT,” that robbers can’t steal, that time can’t deteriorate, that moth’s cannot eat, that death cannot cheat, that night cannot cut short. The “IT” is eternal life, not just any kind of life but an “IT” that lasts forever.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16. ) The Bible says He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).