The root of a tree is its foundation, without it, it cannot survive. How similar our relationship with Jesus Christ? A foundation so sustainable, it will one day touch heaven. An inability to deplete and therefore endure the test of time. This is what our savior offers us and yet, we find ourselves shaking our fists demanding more?
The more we seek is mortal, earthly, and dying; it is the deceit of the enemy, convincing us the cross wasn’t enough and therefore we aren’t. The enemy takes this fragile space and thrusts pain, grief, addiction, and other broken things in it, leaving us with questions and anger, asking God why He lets these things happen?
The Cross was always the plan.
Our God desires two things above all else: bringing glory to His name and saving sinners. God created us for the purpose of relationship with Himself. We were brought in to the garden of Eden to live in peace and joy with God. We were deceived by the enemy and brought sin into the world. From that point on we were a people unable to commit to and obey God. There had to be a mediator. There had to be a change. Redemptive history is this beautiful interweaving of God’s sovereignty and undeniable love for His rebellious children. The death and resurrection of His son was the climax to years of desperate pleading and longing for a final restoration, for freedom from the world’s brokenness. The cross was always the plan because it meant an end to separation between God and man and a beginning to a new covenant. We could finally understand through the revelation of Jesus Christ who our God is and why He sent His son.
The already and the not yet.
But, now we rest in this awkward space of the already and not yet. We have been redeemed, we have been set free, the veil has been torn and yet, we wait for the second coming. We wait for the final and full revelation where this world of sin, hatred, and wickedness will one day be no more. We have this beautiful opportunity to encounter, partake in, and pursue a personal and intimate relationship with God, while we live in a world not meant to be our home. Why? Because God cares for the one lost sheep. Because God cares for every son and daughter. Because God wants to see everyone come to know Him. Does our neighbor not deserve the chance we had?
Jesus Christ is our sustainable foundation. It endures, conquers, and remains steady amidst this broken world. As we wait for Jesus to come again we press on, we proclaim, we witness, and we love with all our heart, mind, and soul for the one, two, three sheep God placed in our path. If we do not rest our weary souls on the foundation of Christ than we will not survive this sin-saturated world; then we won’t realize that the more we were seeking is nothing compared to the already and complete work of the cross.
Because it was enough.
Let it be the root from which we draw our nutrients, our strength, and our identity. Let it be the purpose, mission, and reason for fighting through the enemies deceitfulness; and let it be the joy that releases our fists to open palms, praising the Lord God for His Son.