Have you ever experienced the social awkwardness of talking to someone for a while and realizing that you have no idea what their name is or even if you've ever been formally introduced? Too much time has passed to suddenly say, "I'm Rachel! What's your name?".
It hasn't always been consistent or polished, but I've been writing here for almost six years. I've shared thoughts and struggles, favorite recipes, and music suggestions. I've introduced you to some of my favorite authors and books and shared many scripture passages. I talk about the gospel a lot!
It hit me this week, though, that I've never formally introduced you to the most important person in my life. In fact, I wouldn't even be writing this if it wasn't for Him.
His name? Jesus Christ
He is God who put on human flesh in order to live among us. He lived His 33 years here on earth without a single misstep or misbehavior. He displayed His heavenly love and power to those around Him by healing the sick, raising the dead, and mending broken hearts.
He was falsely accused of wrongdoing and faced the punishment reserved for the worst of criminals. His final breath on the cross was taken bearing the heavy weight of sin committed by every man, woman, and child throughout all of time.
His story doesn't end with His death, though. After three days in an Israeli tomb, He rose again conquering death and sin. His work of redemption was finished!
He encompasses the "good news" I talk about so much here!
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."
The relationship I have with Jesus is not an exclusive friendship. In fact, His work on the cross was completed for you too. The beautiful thing about His love is the fact that you don't need to introduce yourself to Him. He knows everything about you already! He is both your Creator AND Redeemer and He proved the depth of His love for you through His sacrifice on your behalf. He made a way for you to have a relationship with a holy God (which could never be done by your own efforts).
I John 1:9 says that if you confess your sin, your brokenness, and your need for a Rescuer, He is faithful and just to forgive you.
I would consider myself a terrible friend to you, my sweet reader, if I didn't take time to introduce you to the One who is The Friend. He offers you the gift He purchased for you. Will you personally accept it?
P.S. Maybe this post confused you or you have never been introduced to Jesus before. I'd love to answer any question you have! Email me at rachel(at)asteadyrainblog(dot)com or leave a comment below!