What if we looked at the love of Jesus like a crazy love story? What if we looked at what He has done for us with the same passion and emotion we feel when we love another or watch the latest chic flick? I mean seriously...
Once upon a time, there was a man named Jesus. He loved another with all that He was. At first she didn't even know Him, but slowly she gave Him a chance. She found out that He was the perfect guy; He was gracious, understanding, honest, and kind. He loved unconditionally and never judged. She fell in love.
Yet, she still had some issues to work through, some unfinished business. He understood, though. He loved her in spite of those things. She would run away, and He would wait for her with open arms. No matter what she did, He would always welcome her back; always accept her. She never could quite stay out of trouble. She made a habit of making poor decisions, and one day He stood up for her. He stood up for her in front of her accusers and took the blame for her. They wondered why, but they just wanted someone to punish. So she sat by and watched as they took her love and punished Him for all that she had done. She watched as they killed Him so she could live.
If this was a movie, we would all be wondering: Why did He keep loving her? What did He see in her? Why was she worth dying for? And why did she keep screwing up? Didn't she see what she had right in front of her? Didn't she see that He loved her no matter what?
Now put it into perspective.
You and me - we are the ones who keep messing up; the ones who don't seem to see what we have in front of us.
Jesus - He is the one who loves us unconditionally and stands up for us. He takes the fall. He gets punished.
Why me? Why does He choose me?
Why can't I seem to grasp that there is Someone who loves me unconditionally? Someone always waiting for me with open arms?
We know that the story did not end with Jesus' death. In fact, He overcame death and is now alive so that we can be together; so that this crazy love story can have an eternal happy ending.
So why is it so easy to forget about this Crazy Love Story? Do we honestly think there will ever be another to love us as much as Jesus loves us? Do we really think our lives are that important that we should focus on our issues and our daily drama rather than His eternal love and promise?
"Why does God love us, in spite of us?" [Francis Chan]
I am humbled that Jesus chooses to love me. Daily. ME. A sinner who has a habit of making the wrong decisions.
Now THAT's a crazy love...