My in-laws introduced me to a local, weekly auction recently. I am a lover of all things vintage and the auction is a great place to find such treasures.
It isn’t just finding that rare item or getting a great deal that keeps me coming back. I like seeing what kind of items come through, how much they sell for, and watching the people who bid.
Many of the items are dirty, need some TLC, or appear to be worthless. There are so many things that I immediately disregard and then am shocked to see it sell for a high price. To the buyer, it is worth any dollar amount.
Watching that individual bid is fascinating. You can see the determination on his face before the bidding even begins. No matter who else wants the item or how high the price tag, nothing will to deter him from becoming the new owner.
Easter is just a few weeks away and, of all things, God used the auction to remind me of His greatest act of love.
You see, I was once like that item laying on the auction table. I was broken and dirty. I knew what it was to be used and tossed aside with the trash. I understood what it is to feel worthless and useless. But it was all a lie. I was of worth and there was Someone who had paid the ultimate price for me.
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God created us in His image but sin destroyed the beautiful relationship that He designed us to have with Him. We can try to deny it, attempt to hide the dirt, or work really hard to make ourselves presentable, but we’ll never be good enough to come before Him on our own.
So God, full of compassion and desire for us, made a way to rescue us from the ultimate consequence of sin – death. His son Jesus, who was fully God and fully man, left the glory of Heaven to dwell among the mortal. For thirty-three years He ministered and served. He experienced the brutality of our world. Fatigue. Hunger. Homelessness. Loneliness. Rejection. Pain. Sadness. Grief. He never wavered in His purpose and quest for those He came to save.
When the time came,
“He gave himself for our sins in order to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father.”
He saw beyond the brokenness, the dirt, and the labels. Like the determined bidder, no price was too high. No sacrifice too great.
Because He saw the eternal value and the beauty of the ones that mirror the image of His Father, Jesus suffered on the cross and experienced death.
Oh, but the story doesn’t end there.
“The Messiah died for our sins according to the Scriptures, he was buried, he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures—and is still alive.”
He rescued me from death because He was the only one who could conquer it. Jesus forgave the unforgivable. He has clothed me in His righteousness and made me new.
“If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with his heart and is justified, and declares with his mouth and is saved.”
I am His child – a daughter of the King. He gives me life and a hope for the future. He constantly works within me to transform me into something beautiful.
The story is not over. Jesus will one day return for his Beloved ones, but how He longs that all may come to know Him.
It isn’t enough to know about Him. Even Satan can quote Scripture. “Faith, by itself if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:17). To have a relationship with Jesus is to walk with Him (Colossians 2:6). It results in radical transformation of one’s being, thoughts, and actions.
So I ask as this Easter season approaches, do you know Him? Is your life being changed by Him?
It may sound cliche, but read your Bible because that is what it is to spend time with Him. If you’re not doing so already, get plugged into a local Bible-believing church. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t hesitate to seek God. No one is beyond His love and forgiveness. He longs for you if you will but repent and believe.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
May you experience the fullness of His love and grace this Easter season!
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