14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
That is the way it is with God and His love for us. NOMATTERWHAT!
NOMATTER that from the very beginning of creation, humans rebelled against God, tempted and fell to a desire to be like God.
NOMATTER that humans messed things up so badly that God so grieved of what had become of the world that God wiped the board nearly clean with a flood.
NOMATTER that Abraham and Sarah could not believe the promise of bearing a child at their old age, and the generations that followed that amazing birth were littered with faithless acts by Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.
NOMATTER that when Moses led the people through the wilderness to the promise land, the people constantly complained and even set up idols to worship.
NOMATTER that when God sent prophets and kings to lead and guide God’s people, the people didn’t listen and followed their own ways to their peril.
NOMATTERWHAT! God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
NOMATTERWHAT! Jesus walked into Jerusalem, knowing that he would face suffering at the hands of those who hated him…. whipped, beaten, spat up, ridiculed, crowned with thorns…. knowing that he would experience the abandonment of all of those who loved him…. knowing that nails and spear would pierce him….and that he would die.
NOMATTERWHAT! Into a lifeless tomb, God breathed life again and trampled death to death as Jesus walked out of the tomb.
NOMATTERWHAT! That is the way it is with God and God’s love for us.
NOMATTER what you have done in your life, good or bad
NOMATTER what others think of you
NOMATTER the number of your successes of failure, be they great or small
NOMATTER the amount of faith or disbelief that you hold
NOMATTER how often you pray or how often you go to church
NOMATTER how much or little you give in your offering
NOMATTER how angry you may be with God
NOMATTER how often you have turned your back on God
NOMATTER how many other gods you have clung onto
NOMATTERWHAT God loves you with the love of His Son, Jesus.
That is why every Sunday, this Church is going worship the one true God. NOMATTERWHAT!
In His Grip,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski