i've been astounded lately at how Jesus was HUMAN. just like you and i. we could have reached out and touched Him. driven with Him in the passenger seat, sat across the table at starbucks with Him, gone on walks by the water with Him. that is INCREDIBLE. of course, i knew He was human, but just recently did i really think about what that looked like. and it broke me.
as my favourite song says,
why would a King do such a thing?
i was looking around the train a few days ago, at the blank, melacholic faces. making up stories about them that i shouldn't, but i do. and wondering how they felt about their lives. and i have to catch myself a lot in transit because i often become overwhelmed by the sublimity of.. just life. in it's simplicity. not that life is simple. but that moment was. we're all just sitting on the train waiting for it to stop where we're to get off.
but then it struck me: some, maybe a lot, maybe most, of these people, have no idea that there is a God out there who loves them like crazy! who doesn't want harm for them - no sickness, no pain, no loss, no sorrow - but a beautiful life of abundance that only comes through Him.
for believers, sometimes it becomes our best kept secret. we get it [some better than others perhaps] but it's easier not to share. it gets too messy, too complicated. the world hates religion and a lot of the world specifically hates christians - and in many ways, who can blame them! - and a lot of people have been hurt by these christians and these churches. but God is not messy or complicated.
complex perhaps, and that's something we all have to surrender - any idea that we could figure Him out - but not complicated. and i wish i knew a way to tell that whole train full of people just how much they are loved. and how much the are worth!
worth a King becoming nothing to die. for them. that's a whole lotta worth!
but since i'm not courageous (or obedient!?) enough to say it aloud to everyone on their commute home, He gave me a different outlet instead. pretty quickly i found myself on stage at youth telling that room packed with high school kids just how wonderful they are. and how loved they are by the Creator of the Universe. what a beautiful relief it is to say that out loud!
but you know what the coolest thing about all this is? i will never know what those words meant to each individual in that room, but i know His name has power to change lives and i believe He is working out big things in those small, but important, lives.
thank you Lord that You continue to always be working in us. thank you Lord, that despite a society and culture so against You, You have already won, You already have victory.
Lord, thank You that You love us so much that You gave up all glory, power, riches, wealth, and glory to be a human like us. to live in a household, to just do life, to be an example to us, to bring such a great, tangible hope.
what other King lives His throne? what other King leaves His glory to die?
this is amazing grace.
Jesus i sing for all that You've done for me.