ON THE SPOT: JESUS
ONE GOD, SO MANY CHANCES
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)
“Mama, do you love me?”
It’s this little book written for children by Barbara M. Joosse. And it goes on to detail how the mother explained how she loved her daughter even if her daughter saddened her, repeatedly angered her, even if she sought to frighten her and accidentally hurt her. The book closes with the words, “I will love you forever and for always because you are my Dear One.”
How great is a mother’s love.
But even greater than a mother’s love is the untiring love of the Creator who saw a world steeped in sin and felt only compassion… of the Father who sent His Son to save uncaring humanity and saw Him spat at, beaten and lashed at until the ground was red with blood… of the Saviour who was hanging at a cursed Cross yet pleaded, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!”
Our God… the God of so many, many chances.
It doesn’t matter how dark your past is, how many times you’ve hurt and betrayed the ones you love. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve let other people down… how you’ve let yourself down. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve thought that this job, this cause, this family, this relationship, this life… is no longer worth fighting for.
Jesus – He’s more than glad to carry all these for us. We are invited to take up His offer “Take my yoke… Let me carry your burden…” Give Him your burden of sin, your burden of hurt, your burden of betrayal. Let Him carry your failures and your despair. Let Him.
And let your soul, while you are yet living in this world, finally, joyfully, find rest.
His joy is to give you one more and one more and one more chance.
Take it now.