We sat around the fire this morning and asked the boys if they knew what today was. . . Good Friday. We talked about Jesus dying as we ate our lumpy oatmeal. One of the boys asked, "but why do they call it 'good'?" And I admitted that was an excellent question.
We reeked a bit of campfire + funk from a night of camping and I explained that if Jesus hadn't died for us we'd have no hope at all. I said something about how all of us needed a Savior.
It wasn't a long, planned-out conversation - no colorful eggs to tell the story, no object lessons, I didn't even open the Bible app on my phone. We just talked about His death which gives us Life.
But as this day unfolds, I keep thinking about how desperately we need a Savior. About how we all just reek a bit of smoke + funk + we're broken down in this world.
He came for all of us. Not a single one of us is enough on our own. We need a Savior to rescue us. And so He came. For each of us. He comes now still. He comes with Love for the broken + the messy + the smelly + the lost.
He chose the cross, for you and for me. He suffered for us. Willingly because of Love.
Not because we deserved it, or because we were trying really hard to be good. Rather He did it precisely because we could never be good enough nor could we ever deserve it. His mercy and grace and love drove Him to that cross. His obedience to His Father endured death on our behalf.
If you aren't sure that His love is for you, I pray you'd find out. I pray you would be brave and walk into a church and ask, "Did He really do this, even for me?" The answer is "Yes. Especially for you." I promise you it is.****
Right now today, not after you get yourself clean or after you read the Bible in a year. No, right now, today, just as you are -- His love for you is unwavering.
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8 NASB"
His love for you - and me - is what makes a day like today a good one.
**** p.s. You don't have to actually walk into a church to find out these answers. You can ask me or anyone you know that knows Jesus. I do believe the Church is a great place to find out more about Jesus though. If you need help finding one, I'd be happy to help with that! :)