We thank God when the preacher shows up, and I’m always glad when the musicians and singers show up. I’m overjoyed when I see you coming through the doors on Sunday, but it isn’t until Jesus shows up that the healer is in the house. It isn’t until Jesus shows up that worship is more than songs, sermons are more than noise, and prayers are more than words. Jesus makes the difference. In His name prayers are answered, lives are changed and hope is restored. It just isn’t church until Jesus shows up.
God sent His Son—His one and only eternally begotten Son—into a sinful fallen world to tell us and to show us that He loves us. In fact, God loves us unconditionally. We don’t have to be good enough for God to love us; instead, God’s love shows us that if we have value in His eyes, then we should have value our own eyes. Apostle Paul said, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Ro 5:8). He loved us in the middle of our mess, in the face of our failures, and in spite of our sins. God’s love moved Him to make the ultimate sacrifice, a sacrifice with the power to pull us out of sin and into grace.
Our victory is not dependent upon elections or economic conditions. Pandemic or no pandemic, I’m still singing my victory song because an old rugged cross was lifted up against the backdrop of the Jerusalem sky, and with His last breath Jesus declared, “It is finished!” The war has already been won, and this is my victory song!