1 Peter 1:3 ESV
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
I knew from childhood that you were there, but everyone told me to be afraid of you.
I was scared that you would “Get me for that”.
I wanted to please you so I became as religious as I could.
I never found you in my religion.
Then I met your Son.
He wasn’t mad at me.
He didn’t scold me.
He loved me.
I asked him why.
He smiled at me and said:
John 14:10 ESV
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
Then He breathed on me, and I believed.
Now I get it, God.
Just as you are Jesus’ Father, you are now my father, too.
In order to show us how much you love us, you had to send your own Son here:
To live among us.
To show us your likeness.
To die in our place for the fall.
And to rise again to show us that,
if we will simply understand,
if we will simply accept this free gift,
we are already saved, redeemed, and healed, and loved of God.
If we will simply understand that this is free, because you love us, and you did this for us.
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”