This is how much God loved the world:
He gave his Son, his one and only Son.
The very best thing about Easter, I think, is that it offers a gift for everyone in the whole wide world.
The point of the whole 'Jesus dying on a cross and then raising from the dead' drama was to demonstrate God's crazy love and bottomless forgiveness for human beings.
All human beings. God loves the whole world.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him,
anyone can have a whole and lasing life.
God made one thing very clear - he didn't put Jesus up on a cross to die just to save
Jesus' friends and followers,
the future self-proclaimed Christians, or
the perfect people in the world.
God loves each and every one of us.
He let Jesus die for each and every one of us.
Doesn't really matter how we might feel about God.
He adores us all exactly as we are and he wants us all to live in love, joy, peace and hope.
God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely
to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.
He came to help, to put the world right again.
God offers you and me his unending, unfathomable love and forgiveness, and what we decide to do about that is completely up to us.
So we are free to practice any religion we want:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism,
Or no religion at all.
God gives each and every one of us the freedom to chose.
Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted.
But if we decide that we want to claim his promise of boundless love and infinite forgiveness, well, that offer is always on the table.
And all we need to do to receive the joyful gifts of Easter is to simply reach out and take them.
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More Easter stories? Yes.