leading up to Easter i've been thinking a lot about Jesus. about why he died. about the verse that says while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) about the reality of my sin, and the reality of his death and sacrifice.
he knew me then? he knew my tendency to sin, stray, wander, wonder? correction.... he KNOWS? and still chose to die for me?
he showed us his immeasurable grace and unmerited favor by his willingness to die. he SHOWS us. still.
this side of Heaven, i don't believe we'll fully know the depth of the reasons why. but i do believe that, given the fact that Jesus clearly loves making things new (new limbs, new life, new wine, new seasons...) one reason might be that he saw us as new from the get go. he SEES us as new... only by his death. because of his resurrection. he showed us, by the law, our utter need for him, our Savior. and since he died for us while we were still wallowing in that from which he came to save us, he said...."you need this. you need me".
for the month of April.... and i'm glad it's starting out with Easter... i want to think about this verse: Revelation 21:5
"...He who was seated on the throne said, 'I AM making everything new'..."
just like every spring, after the cold, dead of winter, new life is seen in the most unsuspecting of places... our hearts can live again. don't put it past God to do new things. it's his favorite.