Spaghetti. I have no idea how to start writing this post. So let’s start with spaghetti. Spaghetti is delicious. I am a messy eater and I know that many of my friends have been a witness to how I eat. It’s not pretty. And spaghetti is one of those meals that I dread eating, especially in the company of others.
Why am I talking about spaghetti? Simply because I think it describes the mess in all of our lives. Often the situations we find ourselves in are not pretty; they leave us tangled, in a mess and often stained with hurt, anger, sadness and other negative emotions. I am no stranger to finding myself in a mess even if I am not eating spaghetti. There seems to be new challenges all the time and the feeling that we are on a never ending treadmill of difficult situations.
Jesus said ‘In this world you will have trouble’. Great. Fantastic stuff. Thanks for the heads up… The second part of this verse is the best bit though… ‘But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33).
I think it is important to know that Jesus tells us that we will have to experience the spaghetti mess in our lives. Well… I have substituted ‘trouble’ with spag bol… However, I think it is encouraging to know that He has OVERCOME THE WORLD. He is like the kitchen roll, mopping up the mess we create! The Lord makes a promise to us by saying, ‘And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ (Matthew 28:20). We may mess up over and over again. Sometimes the spag bol will just be around our mouths. Other times it could be splattered all over the walls. But God is greater than any mess we create.
Today is a very special day. It is Easter Sunday. The world is becoming numb to what this day is about.
In a nutshell…
We made a mess as humans. A big mess. The biggest mess imaginable. As soon as Eve ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden which God specifically said not to, we brought sin and shame into God’s creation. Ever since then we have been making mess after mess after mess. But no mess is too big that the love of God cannot overcome. All the messy situations in our lives can be handed over to God if we trust in Him.
Easter is all about God sending his Son to walk as a man among the Earth, to be crucified as a blood sacrifice for all the wrong and messy situations we have made and then 3 days later his ressurection!! Jesus is alive today! Pretty miraculous… and I believe in miracles (Tom Jones does too). Don’t believe me? Well here is something to quench your appetite. You can make spag bol in a minute – but check this out.
1) ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (John 3:16)
2) ‘[God] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men’. (1 Timothy 2:4-5)
This is awesome news. I understand if you know nothing about God or Jesus or if you do and you have no idea what all the fuss is about that this can all seem a bit bizarre. Give it a chance yeah? Find out what being a Christian is all about. I can confidently say I have been through enough struggles but have also witnessed enough joyous times to realise that I need Jesus in my life. The fact that he died on a cross for me and you is a miracle in itself. God loves you.
I don’t have all the answers. If I did I would be God. But I have faith in the One who knows. This Easter I remember that Jesus is alive and the price he paid for me to have a relationship with God was on that cross. What God dies for His people and wants to have a relationship with them? What God is so interested in his people that he keeps presenting himself to them over and over again, even when so many times they deny him and want nothing to do with him? My God. Your God. Whether you believe in Him or not – he is still God.
We are friends of God if we choose to acknowledge what He has done through his Son for all of us!
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you FRIENDS, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. ” (John 15:14-15)
Happy Easter everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful time with friends, family and seek the true meaning of Easter every day!
God Bless! Love from Ruthie -xxxxxxxxxxxxx-