John 3:16 -17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter. Two words that echoed in my thoughts during the Easter period was worth it. That Jesus thought I was worth it. That you were indeed worth it. Despite being flawed and despite being broken. Jesus always planned to restore our relationship.
For a long time I held two contradictory images of Jesus simultaneously in my head. On one hand I thought Jesus was angry with me all the time. On the other hand I thought He was my rock in the storms of life. The way I viewed Jesus was evident in my actions. I asked Jesus into my heart like I was taking out an insurance policy each year because I never felt secure in the relationship and yet I would cling to Jesus when I needed comfort and strength like when I had surgeries. It was not until 18th July 2016 when I knew in my heart that Jesus truly loved me that everything changed for me. If I were to describe it in two words it would be Set free. I wonder if Jesus was to describe it in two words would worth it be on His lips, I like to think so.
As my relationship with Jesus deepens it seems to hurt more when I disappoint Him, despite asking for forgiveness. In Set Free I wrote:
Jesus crouched in front of me and with compassion asked why the chains were back in place. I told Him about the morning at the market saying this is who I was – a slave. Jesus said “I paid the price for you to set you free” with that He removed the chains once again.
If I walked toward Jesus in a paddock, in the golden sunlight, He wouldn’t be meeting me to spear tackle me to the ground proceeding to list all the things I have ever done wrong. For Isaiah 43:25 says “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Instead He would cup my face with His hands looking lovingly into my eyes say ‘You my darling were worth it’. For Exodus 19:5b says “You will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine.” Jesus was motivated by love to restore the relationship with us that we broke. Do you know how much Jesus loves you? A way that has helped me to try and grasp understanding of this love and rescue was to make John 3:16 – 17 personal:
John 3:16 -17 “For God so loved the world Cathryn that he gave his one and only Son, that [if] whoever Cathryn believes in him Cathryn shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world Cathryn, but to save the world Cathryn through him.”
I encourage you to put your own name in these verses, it was meant for you too. What Jesus did for me and for you on the cross doesn’t mean we become super human and perfect because that just isn’t real. It means though that if we choose to we can accept Jesus’ gift of a restored relationship and be with Him forever. When I stuff up (which is regularly) I can ask for forgiveness and Jesus can help me change to become a better person because, even though Jesus hates sin, He loves me with reckless abandonment. To Jesus it was always worth it.