Out of the grave, He sprang up, and with Him came freedom for the soul of the sinner. We saw Him rise, we know that He physically lives. His scars are our scars, His wounds were our Hope. Our ugliness was wrapped up in His Grace and as His blood poured forth, so did the tears of God as the Redemption of His beloved people came near. To love, it seems, means to know deep pain. We decided that it had to be so when we took of that forbidden fruit in the garden. Even then, we sought quick glory over time woven grace from the Father. To know Him is to love Him, and to be known by Him is to experience His Grace. You know when the devil told Eve that she would be like God if she ate of the fruit? The twisted truth was that God loved her enough to become like us. Made in His image, we were already loved, but maybe we didn’t believe it. Jesus came that we would know for sure. Jesus is the proof of the goodness of the Father….the same Father who made sure that even as we faced the consequences of sin, we would never do so alone. He banished us from the garden…in Love. We couldn’t eat from the tree of Life and live in sin forever. We needed Grace. We needed a clean slate. We had to become a new creation…in Christ. Death where is your sting? Where is your victory? Jesus proves with an empty grave that nothing can separate us from the love of the Father. We are alive in Him and never forgotten. Now, instead of the warning not to eat of the forbidden fruit, we are greeted with the invitation to “take and eat”. Jesus has become our tree of Life…and Jesus was freely given.
A Fellow Grace Wanderer