God Likes You

One thing that I notice in my walk with Jesus is that I have an ever increasing knowledge of my sinfulness and brokenness. Before I met Jesus I thought I was awesome. I would tell my friends “I’m a good person” all the time, but when I started to look at myself honestly I realized that sometimes I would do really messed up things. Over time I realized I didn’t even like myself. Then when I learned about Jesus’ love for me even while I was still broken that message compelled me to surrender my life to Him.

What happened at the cross was so scandalous. On one hand you had the perfect, sinless, God of the Universe who had become a man (Jesus), and on the other hand we had our brokenness, our sinfulness, our filthiness. Then Jesus takes upon all of our junk, dies, three days later resurrections, and he gives us his perfection. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

That sounds too good to be true, right? This is the equivalent of someone trading
their new Mercedes-Benz for your 15 year old Toyota. But that’s the type of exchange that God made for you on the cross. There is the aspect of the cross that God loves and forgives you, but there is another aspect of God’s opinion of you. Many people, even Christians, feel like when God thinks about them He is disappointed. That He just barely tolerates our existence, but now through the cross the way He looks at His son Jesus is now the same way he looks at us.

In Mark 1:10 Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, and a voice came from heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” God the Father was and is well pleased with Jesus. When He thinks about or looks at Jesus He is happy. Zephaniah 3:17 records “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Now, God likes us and is happy with us. This is not because of anything we’ve done, but because of what His son Jesus Christ did on the cross. If we are in Christ our disappointments have been paid for, our failures have been paid for. We now have nothing to prove, and nothing to earn, because Jesus has made us His own.