The pressure's off, friends.
We don't need to be the brightest star, the most memorable melody.
We can lay down the heavy weight of pride and self-reliance, the demands of proving ourselves worthy.
Rather than arming ourselves with self-worth and feigned confidence, we've been given a free pass...
...to be really broken,
...to be weak and lacking,
...to fall short,
...to cease striving,
...because the freedom to be his child has been paid by the costly gift of the Father.
Our free pass is His covering over us. Passover is his sheltering of grace over our ugly and self-reliant sin. Passover is remembering that his blood is our covering. It is us remembering that we have no defense other than him. We have no hope but to be presented as his own.
The pressure's off. We have no use of making much of ourselves, when we've been given freedom to simply echo his great name. Come as you are, friend...his love is greater, deeper, and wider than you can contain, but not more than you can echo, when submerged in the vastness of redeeming grace...
As we begin this Passion Week, remembering the Cross, rejoicing in the resurrection, and marveling at the covering of the blood of Christ...let us cease striving, and surrender to the what great provision Christ prepared for us as he rode into Jerusalem...
Because of grace,
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