Daily Verse: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)
I heard this song on the radio the other day and it triggered all sorts of emotions for me (sorry, YouTube won’t let me embed it directly for you to watch from my blog, so you’ll have to click and watch over in YouTube). Just quiet your heart for 6 minutes as you listen to the words.
On September 12, 2010 Jamie and I left church service and got in our car to go to breakfast. This memory is so vivid to me. Before I started the car I remember just absolutely losing it, sobbing. At that point, I’d been going to church for a few months. I was there in body, I was following the sermons but I’d yet to really identify with the man of Jesus and give my heart and control of my life to Him. At the time, I didn’t understand the source of my tears, or that intense yearning in my heart, but I know now as I hear this song.
I was running to the arms of the only one who could know and love me despite who I’d been in my life. My heart was yearning for so much more, a place to bury all of my worries, all of my deepest fears, every hurt I had ever felt and every ounce of control within my life. This song reminds me why I find so much comfort in Jesus the Christ.
This man was born into the world as flesh and bone – of blood and water. He was ostracized and hated from the time of His birth as He was born a mamzer, which is the Hebrew term for one born from incest. This left Him set apart as a child in Nazareth, unclean and filthy. He spent His younger years as a destitute, begging in the temple courts of Jerusalem. At the age of 30 He began His ministry, which would last 3 years. During that time He preached a message of love and stayed true to the promise of the Kingdom of God, to be seen and experienced here on earth. He walked and talked in a way no one ever had or ever will again – He was truly radical.
This is the same man who would then go on to be called a hypocrite, to be arrested, to be abandoned by His followers, to be mocked and have soldiers spit in His face, to be beaten to a bloodied pulp with the most inhumane of weapons you can imagine and then to be nailed and hung to a cross. It was at that point on the cross that Jesus was alone, again set apart as in His early years. The intensity of that physical suffering and knowing that the world hated Him that much – no words suffice.
All of those things lead up to a huge BUT! The BUT is that God changed the course of the world by bringing life and hope to us – His people. The same people who spit God’s treasure out of our mouths like a piece of trash. Despite our rejection of His offering, he resurrected this man back to life and this man is the connection between all people and God. God used Jesus as the man by which He tore down the divide to His Kingdom and still does today.
So now imagine just being able to put your arms around someone and just KNOW that despite the pain and torture they went through and everything that happened here on earth, it’s ok now. We don’t have to try so hard, we don’t have to fight, we don’t have to bury those fears we once had, we don’t have to carry the burdens and lost dreams that have plagued us. All of that stuff that’s way to much for any of us, He’s got it covered! All we have to do is run and bury ourselves in His arms!