Today is Easter Sunday. As I’ve gone through the activities and celebrations of the day I’ve been thinking about the implications as well. The concept of Resurrection Sunday, as it is also called, can be hard to grasp. If I understand Easter as fully as I’m able, it’s even a bit perplexing…
Why are we important to God?
You see I find it immensely easy to remember all the reasons I have been rejected in the past. All the reasons I don’t quite measure up.
It’s easy to consider all of the ways in which failure and lacking dwell within me. Perhaps you can relate.
All the ways in which we are not Most Popular, Parent of the Year, Best Dressed, Most successful, Employee of the Month, Prettiest, Smartest…
The list goes on, doesn’t it?
I mean….why on earth would God want us?
What is more, why would he sacrifice his life for us? Are we really worth it? Are we really all that great?
We kinda aren’t.
And yet…maybe we are…
I mean maybe we actually are pretty cool.
We are created in God’s image, we think for ourselves, we have the ability to believe or not believe to choose or not choose. We can be utterly selfish or totally self-sacrificing. We have the ability to love deeply and trust totally…
We have righteous potential and somehow God sees past all the crap and sees everything we can be and everything he created us to be; and what he sees are beautiful messes so complicated and so multifaceted that the question moves from “Why love us?” to “What’s not to love?”
We are worth it.
The lie out there is that we aren’t worth it. That we are too damaged, too fallen, too unlovable, too dirty, to odd, too socially awkward, too silly, too dorky, too ugly, too fat, too dumb…
Lies we try desperately to fight against when we don’t have to.
Who cares what other people think!
The God of the Universe thinks you are pretty awesome!
He loves you, he wants you, he died to prove it. And, because he is God, he overcame death so that death doesn’t have to hold us back or keep us down. The Spirit of Death doesn’t need to have any power in our lives. Our souls can be free if we walk with him; if we say “Yes,” to Jesus.
He thinks you are so great and sees all your beauty, ability, and potential, all he wants is for you to want him back; for the love to be mutual.
The risk was worth it to him.
The risk of rejection was worth it!
That is how deep his love is for us…for you…
“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays his life down for the sheep.” John 10:11
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
All you have to do is say “Yes.”
“Yes, I accept your gift of friendship. Yes, I accept you into my life. Yes, I surrender and will let you be my peace. Yes, I will let you carry my burdens. Yes, I am not perfect. Yes, I sin. Yes, I need your forgiveness for rejecting you up until now. Yes, I want you in my life. Yes, I believe.”
Are you ready to surrender?
Believe and admit it. Be willing to speak the name of Jesus. Don’t hide your belief in him as if you are ashamed of him; that is all that God asks.
Peace be with you!