Thursday evening during the Holy Thursday service we sang Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy. This line stood out to me: “Come ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall; if you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all.”
Jesus didn’t spend time with those who had it all together – he chose to be with those who were confused and sick and discouraged and sketchy.
In order to experience resurrection in my life, I have to admit that there’s a need for it. I have to admit there’s been a death. I have to be honest about who I am and what I’ve done.
Resurrection isn’t about a perfect life – far from it. Resurrection is about learning from mistakes, moving through grief, seeing the new life amidst the ashes.
If I wait to approach God until I’ve got it figured out, I will never do it…
The refrain of the hymn is this: “I will arise and go to Jesus, he will embrace me with his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.”
I will arise and go to Jesus with all my brokenness. He understands because he was broken too. He was hanging on a cross – he felt abandoned and alone. So when I approach him, even if it’s by crawling on my hands and knees, he will embrace me. He will hold me in his arms.
Today Jesus reminds us that New Life is possible for all of us – the boundaries have been removed. The curtain was torn from top to bottom. The stone was rolled away.
May we all experience resurrection in our lives today. May we all know the beauty of New Life.
So be it.