When I was growing up, my parents always gave my brother and I an Easter basket. It was usually filled with different candy and trinkets and we would use this basket to hunt for hidden Easter eggs in the house or backyard (depending on the weather). Now when I say “hidden” what I really mean is, “in plain sight.” My parents would never really hide the eggs but place them strategically out in the open so my brother and I would easily find them. Each egg was filled with something different: candy, a penny, and if you were lucky, maybe a dollar. Now that I am a dad I get to see the Easter egg hunt from a fathers perspective. We recently did an Easter egg hunt with my family, my brothers family, and my parents. As we pulled up to my parents house, you could see the “hidden” Easter eggs placed in plain sight. I stood behind my daughter as she ran to each egg, gave it a shake, and placed it in her bunny themed Easter basket. What a special moment to share with my entire family and invoke memories from my own childhood hunting for Easter eggs.
What made this Easter so different was now I am on the giving end of the Easter basket instead of the receiving. My perspective is that of the father, not the child. What my daughters experienced during that Easter celebration was the love from her parents and grandparents and memories that can never be taken away. I think what made the day even more special was that I got a small glimpse into what the Father’s love for me is like. Scripture articulates GOD’s love in the most straightforward fashion:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV
For GOD so loved that He gave. He gave His everything, His one and only Son. Sometimes love doesn’t feel like love. Even with spouses or children there are moments where we don’t feel love for that person, but feelings are fleeting and roots don’t grow deep because a tree feels like a tree. Roots grow deep because a tree grows into a tree. Actions produce love and love is produced by actions. C.S Lewis is his book Mere Christianity ends his chapter on Charity with this statement: “But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifferences; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” GOD’s love for us costs Him everything. Jesus came to this Earth, lived a sinless life, and died a criminals death on the cross so that we could have a relationship with Him forever. GOD’s love was displayed in the gift of Jesus. It wasn’t just the feelings of love or the words of love, GOD displayed his love with His actions. There is no questioning the love that GOD has for you and for me. How can there be? Someone might tell my wife that I don’t love her, but she sees me everyday cleaning up the dishes, helping her fold laundry, and going to work to provide for our family. She doesn’t need to hear me say, “I love you” (Although I would encourage every husband to do this on a daily and even hourly basis) to know that I love her. She sees my love. We see GOD’s love in the Easter story in the fact that He gave Jesus. He doesn’t need to say anything else. The gift has been given for you and for me. Now, I’ll bet, if you would sit quietly, turn off your cell phone, and come to a place where all you can hear is yourself breathing, GOD will meet you in that moment and you will hear Him whisper, “I love you.” GOD loves you today, tomorrow, and forever.
He is Risen! Happy Easter!
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A few weeks back my wife and I were browsing our local thrift store, thumbing through the stacks of clothes, checking the sizes, and comparing prices when GOD reminded me of how great His love is. We have two little daughters and we like the thrift store because we can get play clothes for them at near bottom prices. Many times we can find clothes that have been donated with tags still attached to the garment. As I was shuffling from one hanger to the next, I came across some children clothes that were very expensive if you bought them in the store. I pulled the shirt off the rack and checked up and down to see if there were any stains, holes, or rips that would cause this $50 shirt to be now priced at $4. No tears. No rips. No stains. Nothing. I held the shirt up for my wife to see a few aisles over and proudly displayed my diamond in the rough. Driving home I was thinking about how that shirt made it to the thrift store. Still in perfect condition, did the child grow out of the shirt or were there too many shirts to choose from and this one never got worn? The thought crossed my mind that this shirt really wasn’t worth what the original price because it was discarded in perfect condition and bought for $4 at a thrift store. GOD immediately interrupted my thought process and said, “The worth of the shirt is not based on where the shirt was bought or where it was at that time, but it’s based on the tag inside the shirt. Where the shirt was made, who crafted the shirt- that is where the worth of the shirt lies.”
Sometimes we feel like that shirt in the thrift store. Where we are in life now is not where we were originally intended to be. We feel thrown out, forgotten, and even abandoned in the place where we currently reside. But that is not what GOD sees. The place you are now is not the value that GOD places on your life. The things you have done in the past, the places you have been, does not diminish your value in the eyes of your Creator. To Him you are still His creation, the apple of His eye. Psalm 139:13 says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb,” Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb,” and 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “for God bought you with a high price.” Today I just want to encourage you to see yourself as GOD sees you. No matter what has happened in your life, no matter where you find yourself living, GOD still finds the greatest worth in His precious creation, You. Your value is not in the place you hang, but it’s in the tag of your Creator.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 1 Corinthians 5:21 NLT