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"now death, where is your sting? our resurrected King has rendered you defeated." - forever, bethel music
forever is such a small word but with a heavy meaning. it literally means "for all future time." for the rest of eternity. for the rest of the days, hours, minutes, and seconds that the earth will ever experience. i say this word like it's nothing, like "i'll love you forever" or "you'll forever be my friend" or even "i wish this doughnut would last forever." but when i think about it, i really don't know if i can hold myself to the promises i'm making with that little word. i can't promise that i'll love you for the rest of days, but i can sure try. i certainly hope that some of my friends will forever be there, but who knows what can happen in the coming days?
this post may seem like a downer, but there's better news coming; just wait.
i can't promise forever. nobody can. nobody on this planet can make a statement so secure that it'll last throughout the rest of the oncoming days. but there's One who can.
so, so, so many years ago this perfect-in-every-way man named Jesus went to the cross and died a gruesome death. He was battered, beaten, and bruised. he took my sins, your shame, our past mistakes and brought them to the cross to be nailed right up there with Him. three days later, He rose from death to life and by doing this he conquered death forever. forever He is risen. (Matthew 27:32-66 & 28:1-15)
there's that word again, forever. by dying in my place, He secured my soul for the rest of time. He forever took all my sins and shames and wrongdoings. sure, i'll still screw up. heck, i did this morning before i wrote this post. but just because i mess up, it doesn't mean He takes away his forgiveness, mercy, and grace. they are still readily available to me at all times. His perfect love is more than i could ever ask for. He forever loves me and accepts me, He promises that. and because He is perfect, He can't break his promises. no take-backsies. He's the only one that can promise things with the word forever and truly mean it.
forever He loves me. forever He is taking me back, over and over again. forever He is forgiving me. and for that, i am forever thankful for what He did for me oh-so many centuries ago on that cross.
hoppy (late) easter, cuties!
documenting the fun years.