“Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” (John 7:46)
For some reason this is the line that really spoke to me. Everyone is so concerned about where Jesus comes from (Galilee- shudder! how gauche) , but when asked when they would be turning Him in, they say claim that they have never heard anyone speak like Him.
Everyone thinks He is crazy, but these people see something in the way that Jesus speaks and it moves them to their core. They know that He is speaking a truth to their hearts that will change their life.
He speaks of clothing the naked, feeding the hungry and visiting the imprisoned. He speaks of a son who turns away from his father, but upon asking forgiveness is given the best the father has to offer. He speaks of a widow that gives just a few coins that are worth more than the world to her, and the beauty of her sacrifice. He speaks of a woman, caught up in sin, but forgives her of it all if, telling those who condemn her to leave unless they are sinless.
This lent has showed us a God who loves and heals beyond anything we can possibly understand. He loves those on the outskirts, those with no one to love them, and those so entrenched in sin that they never think they could encounter God. And yet He met them there.
This God comes to meet us also. In our times of trial, in our times of joy. He is there for the good, the bad and everything in between. He loves us with a ferocity that can not be measured, and He works for our good at all times.
I know these things to be true.
Will you give him the chance to love you in this way? Will you allow him to meet you in your mess and help you to grow into the person you are supposed to be? It is worth every second. I promise.