by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
Probably the most famous kiss in American history was captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt when he photographed a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on August 14, 1945. /1 The identity of the kissing couple is unknown. The sailor was so happy about the end of World War 2, that he was kissing any woman he found.
We may have experienced a kiss so powerful that we were forever changed. Its sweetness made the earth stop on its axis and our knees to melt. However, no kiss, no matter how moving, can come anywhere close to matching the kiss that changed the entire course of humanity.
The kiss that changed the world was when Christ bridged the gap between God and man at the cross. “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed” (Psalm 85:10, NKJV).
God’s expressions of love toward his children fill the Bible. “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV). God wants us to remain faithful to him (Exodus 34:14).
God becomes angry when we commit ourselves to another god. “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4). He knows what will happen to us in the arms of another god (1 Peter 5:8).
“You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband” (Ezekiel 16:31-32).
God’s love is so powerful and merciful that he will allow us to return home if we will repent and recommit ourselves to him (Jeremiah 31:31-34). “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
His mercy is beyond the bounds of human imagination. Yet, we must return home and stay faithful to him (Revelation 2:10).
“The favor of God is the fountain of happiness to nations, as well as to particular persons. When God forgives sin, he covers it; and when he covers the sin of his people, he covers it all.” /2
The Psalmist says that God would heal their land after they have returned to him. Their suffering would end and mercy and truth would ultimately come through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
Through his death and the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we are able to attain salvation (Romans 5:6-11). We stand righteous before God only because Christ accompanies us (Ephesians 2:8-9). Righteousness and peace meet in Jesus and we become empowered to do whatever he desires so we can remain with him. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The kiss that changed the world should become the impetus that we need to remain faithful for as long as we live. No one else offers righteousness but God.
“Then Jesus said to the twelve, “‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life'” (John 6:67-68).