One simple thing to focus on this Easter

1:26 pm Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8 (MSG)


While I was writing it I was struck how the story of God finding Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is the Easter story. 

It’s the Gospel. 

God coming to them. 

God seeking Adam and Eve out after they’d messed up. God looking for Adam and Eve right after they’d just done exactly what God had told them not to.

Jesus coming to me. 

Jesus calling me to him while we are trying desperately to hide from him. 

Jesus beckoning us to fall in step with him while we try madly to tell him why we will never be good enough for him to call us friend. 

And Jesus looking at us as we hang on a cross with all our sins written out on plaque above our heads and saying, “Friend, today you will be with me in paradise.”

That is the miracle of Eden, the miracle of Easter: that God came to us when we had nothing to offer. (tweet this)

The Message puts it this way in Romans 5:6-8: 
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready…God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

Jesus did it all. 

Jesus didn’t even leave the finding up to us. 

God sought us out and then offered us life, life, and more life

Ponder: What is the most poignant thing about the Easter story for you?

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for coming to find me. Thank you for the life you gave and the freedom from sin you bought me on Calvary. Amen.

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