"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are."
(1 John 3:1, NSRV)
During this year’s Lent we endeavored to walk with Jesus in his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, and ultimately to the cross that awaited him there. Our hope was that we could somehow better appropriate or make sense of this amazing sacrificial action on the part of Jesus as well as the incredible result that through his resurrection the pathway to redemption and salvation was secured and made available to all God’s people.
If you are like me, the whole Lenten journey, while providing more and more answers with each passing year, always leaves me with more and more questions. I guess the more I learn about God, the more I come to understand just how vast and beyond human comprehension God really is. But questions come to mind, like … “Who is this God that can and would do all of this for us, for me?,” “Who am I/we that God would offer and deliver such a gift all that I/we should live in God’s midst?,” and “Who are we together and what does that mean for all of us right here and right now in this world?”
I know there is a lot packed into those three simple answers, and that is why we can and need to continuously dedicate energies to realizing what it can all mean to us, to the people close to us, and to the whole world. But knowing, regardless of where our understanding may be at any given time, that God’s love for you and me cannot be diminished, we can have boldness to keep unpacking the richness of those answers, along with our endless amazement, continuous delight and surprise, and ever deepening gratefulness. Because in the end, we are called children of God; and that is what we are … each and every one of us.
May you always own and believe in who you are in the eyes of God.
Peace and blessings … Pastor Bob