Have you ever traded anything with anyone? Often times, growing up, my sister and I used to make deals and trades. It usually went something like, “if you let me borrow your green sweater, I’ll let you wear my new jeans.” Sound fair? Our trades usually were.
But- what if our trades would have sounded like this: “I’ll let you have my brand new laptop, if you give me your old, dirty socks…” Who says things like that? I mean, honestly, who does that?
As I was pondering the cross this evening, I came to a realization: the trade Christ offers is ridiculous. Think about it. Christ looks at us, and says, “I’ll give you my life, I’ll give you perfection, wholeness, healing, destiny, and relationship, a life worth living, if you give me your life in return.”
As I think about my life, my trade with Christ is a no brainer. I am messed up. I say things I don’t mean to say, I think things I shouldn’t think, I do things I often regret. My life is tainted by my sin. But, Christ is perfect. His words are truth, His thoughts are pure, and His actions are right.
For God so Loved the world, the he gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him… whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
Jesus came and offered His life so that we could choose to enter into a Love relationship with Him. He suffered so that we would have the choice to know Him. We get to choose whether or not we want Christ to trade out our polluted, destiny lacking souls, and replace them with perfection. We get to trade out brokenness for wholeness.
Jesus wants us as we are. He doesn’t want to wait till we “have it all together,” because He knows that’s never going to happen. He longs to meet us where we’re at, and embrace us. Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just make mankind Love and follow Him? Because He doesn’t want to make us robots. He wants us to want Him. His greatest priority is to be with us, to be the our greatest desire. He yearns to Love us, and to restore us to wholeness.
When I think about what Christ desires of me, and what He longs to trade me, it seems ridiculous. Yet, out of pure Love, Christ wants me, and out of Love He longs to trade my sinful brokenness, for the His perfect wholeness. Love’s a beautiful thing.
God of my salvation
Hope of righteousness
You paid the price of freedom
You took a lonely cross
Bless the Lord always
Bless Your holy Name
And You saw me
When You took a crown of thorns
And Your blood washed over me
And You loved me
Through the nails that You bore
And Your blood washes over me
Amazing like no other
Grace without an end
As Your word had promised
You died and rose again