“This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.”
I John 4:9 (The Message)
Throughout history, God sent all kinds of people to witness how much God loves us; God sent “judges,” “kings,” and “prophets,” but the message was difficult to understand. It would seem the challenge is that we try to go about life believing we can be just fine on our own. Yet the longer we live out that attitude, the further away we drift from the One who is the author of all that is good and true. It almost seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy; the more we think and act in such a way that puts us in charge the more we get into trouble. The love of God sees us for who we are and accepts us where we find ourselves, but God loves us too much to allow us to remain out of touch with our Savior and Redeemer. Imagine the love that is shared with us through our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. It’s not about who we are, it is about whose we are. God loves us so much that he gave us his only Son so we may “live through him.” In other words, if we accept Jesus as the One who will break down the walls we have built around ourselves and God (sin) and will fill us to the max with grace that has no end, then we will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams. The blessings do not come in the form financial reward or stuff but rather with the confidence that we are never alone, not only in this life but in the life to come. Living “through” Jesus is nothing more than living in the joy that was intended for us by God from the beginning of time. The trouble has been that time was spent running away from God rather than accepting the love of God. When Jesus came in the flesh, our story changed and became his story; a story of hope, peace, joy, and the pure love of God. So what is God talking about? As Jesus told inquiring disciples, “come and see.” Thank you Jesus for being who you are.