I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how personal God is for each one of us. When Jesus went to the cross, he went and endured great hardship and suffered death for each one of us and also for all of us – those who would receive his awesome gift. But, its more than that. Much more.
He paid my price and suffered my penalty for my sin – yes. But, he also rescued me from the throes of that sin. He pulled me from the flames of hell as surely as I can pull a marshmallow from the flames of a campfire. He came and met me where I was and loved me anyway, in spite of all my shortcomings, in spite of my gross and foul iniquity. Though my appearance was abhorrent to him, he took me and shook me and snatched me from certain death. All my righteous deeds were as filthy rags to him, yet he touched me anyway! I was leprous with sin – an untouchable, yet he touched me anyway! And He saved me! He met me where I was and he pursued me and wooed me.
Not only that, but he has cleansed me. Not all at once, although I know some who were cleansed in that way. He very patiently and deliberately helped me overcome all the shortcomings I had (that I am aware of anyway). This process is still a work in progress and will probably not be complete until I go home to be with him. But, it speaks of his patience, and his tenacity to hold onto us and never let us go. He promised He wouldn’t and His Word is good! And, wonder of wonders, He chose me!
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.
He didn’t have to. There was no compelling goodness in me that called to him or caught his attention. The fact is, scripture says he chose me from the foundations of the world! Can you imagine that? For me at least, this is very, very personal. He tells us he catches our tears in a bottle and saves them. His thoughts towards us – individually are as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. His angels record our conversations about him and write them in a book! He knows the number of hairs on our heads and the number of our days. He is all knowing, all loving, ever present and all powerful! And, he loves us!
He is the mighty and merciful one! He is the high holy one – lifted up for all men! He is the lifter of our head! He is the anointed one! He is the alpha and the omega! He is life! And, he is my God and my Savior! My Lord and my exceedingly great portion!
Hallelujah! Praise God! I will love and serve him forever! Father, we thank you for Jesus! What a savior! What a God! He is the lover of our soul and he paid it all – for every last bit of our sin. We are free! He whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Thank you Lord! Thank you Jesus! Thank you! All glory, honor and praise be to the Lord! Amen!