But To Echo, At The Start Of Passion Week

April 13, 2014

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...

Come in, O strong and deep love of Jesus, like the sea at the flood in spring tides, cover all my powers, drown all my sins, wash out all my cares, lift up my earth-bound soul, and float it right up to my Lord’s feet, and there let me lie, a poor broken shell, washed up by his love, having no virtue or value; and only venturing to whisper to him that if he will put his ear to me, he will hear within my heart faint echoes of the vast waves of his own love which have brought me where it is my delight to lie, even at his feet forever.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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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