Syd and I have been married now for 15 months! It’s pretty incredible and we’re back here again in Gulf Shores, Alabama, celebrating Easter with Sydney’s family.
Before the trip, I saw Mom Berry putting together a list of all the great-grandchildren. Every year, she prints t-shirts for ALL the kids at Easter. It’s so inclusive. She makes sure not to miss anyone and double checks so that all of them get a shirt. It reminded me about the list of people we had invited to our wedding day.
Lists are handy. Invite lists especially. Putting together an invite list to a big event is a very intricate and delicate thing. Anyone who has had a wedding will certainly agree. Adding two families from different continents [and massive families at that… our moms are each one of 11] makes it all the more entertaining. One of the biggest challenges was not being able to invite every single person we wanted to. Having to be exclusive is so difficult for me because I always want to include everyone.
We have friends literally all over the world. Hosting the wedding in Louisiana ensured a location where the majority of Syd’s family could come. At the same time, it instantly limited who could make it. That’s the problem with having an event limited by place. Today, however, there is a great event being celebrated which is not determined by place. It’s focus is on one Person and the invitation is open to all:
“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you – the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:1-3
There is so much in this world that distracts us from what really counts. From the moment we are born, we are constantly seeking satisfaction. C.S. Lewis writes: “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” I have spent time and money on things which I thought were so valuable and important. This world offers a constant cycle of momentary satisfaction and dissatisfaction. It was not until I accepted Jesus’ death and resurrection that I can say I have been ultimately fulfilled.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” John 7:37
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35
The invitation is there for everyone. Jesus is never exclusive. He spent His time here on earth with all sorts of people: those who thought highly of themselves and those who no one else seemed to care about. He hung out with the poor, the lame, the lepers, prostitutes and tax collectors. He had friends and enemies. He had mockers and followers. Some hated Him. Others loved Him. Yet, He died for EVERYONE.
Today, I’d like to extend this invitation to any and all who would receive it. Knowing Jesus has quenched my thirst. I don’t pretend to know it all. Far from it, really. I’m still learning and journeying through this life. Walking through valleys and spending moments on the hilltops. One thing I do know is this: I understand the world better through the Cross. His death has revealed His love and mercy towards me. His resurrection has revealed His grace and faith in me.
This Easter, I encourage you to make your way to a church and be reminded of God’s great love, mercy and grace. If you’re in Sydney, then I invite you to visit my home church. We’ve got a special event happening from 5PM at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and ALL are welcome to join. For more details visit: http://easter.myhillsong.com/
Grace & Peace. K