Our annual celebration of Easter is drawing near and so I have been thinking on what it is all about: the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. When I think on what it means for me personally and look back on my life thus far, I am struck by the fact that my story is a story of grace from beginning to end. To quote the Psalmist, the Lord’s goodness and love have followed me and will follow me all the days of my life (Psalm 23).
It is one thing to say that we have found God and quite another thing to say that He has found us. Yet when we really consider our Gospel story, we cannot deny that that is really what has happened and that it makes it all the more wonderful and powerful. I did not pursue God, but He has pursued me. I did not follow after God’s love, but it has followed after me.
The love and grace of God have pursued us from the beginning. Our frames were not hidden from Him when He made us in the secret place, as we were woven together in our mother’s wombs, His eyes saw our unformed bodies. Indeed, “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:14-15).
He has followed us along every step of our path. No, he has determined every step of our path with wisdom and love (Proverbs 16:9). And when our feet have traveled down sinful ways that His holiness forbid Him go, He followed us instead to our rightful place of judgment, condemnation, and punishment. We find that before we even came to be, His eyes were on us, His grace aimed at us, and His love compelled Him to follow us, nay replace us, on our cross.
This is Easter. This is why we celebrate, because His grace has pursued us so persistently and His love enveloped our lives so completely that we are completely His. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).