Has someone ever given you the phrase, I told you so? Like maybe growing up a guardian told you not to touch the stove because it was hot, so you touched it, and … I told you so. Or, a friend dropped a spoiler alert and at the end of the movie with a goofy grin … I told you so.
Throughout the bible we read stories with I told you so moments, from the infamous apple bite to the falling of the Holy Spirit in the upper room. I have an image of Jesus strolling post-resurrection, appearing to people here and there, whispering, “I told you so.” … that I’m the Messiah … The Way … The Truth … The Life …
… that I would make things New. (Isaiah 43:18-19, Rev 21:5, Isaiah 65)
God doesn’t play games, and I love it. He desires for His creation to thrive and flourish so He provides instruction, a Way, a Helper, and is consistent and faithful. He is who He is. (Exodus 3:14). He told Adam and Eve, just don’t eat the apple. Obey these commandments He told Moses and the Israelites. Follow Jesus. Be attentive to the Holy Spirit. All of these hints, nudges, and interventions, because He loves us, and intends for us to experience life to the fullest (John 10:8-11).
As been stated in previous articles, the infamous crunch of the apple broke our four core relationships (God, Self, Others, Rest of Creation) to the demise of life to the fullest. From the bite to The Cross, the human condition was shaped and impacted by death, destruction, and an insatiable thirst for New Life. So as God does, he provided, again. Enter Jesus life, death, and resurrection.
The Cross is a Mystery. If you search, “What does Jesus death and resurrection mean?” You will find an array of interpretations, perspectives, and lessons learned. One simple lesson that I gain is nothing is too far gone for the transformative loving-power of Christ, which heals, redeems, and renews. In Jesus death and resurrection, we see that God can take the worst thing (death), and make it the best (new life). And this my brothers and sisters, He loves to do. Amen.
In the next few minutes, I want to help you identify a relationship with “an other” (remember the four core relationships) that you think is too far gone, yet would like to see healed, redeemed, and renewed. Do you believe Christ can bring New Life to this relationship? Do you have hope? If so, I pray you will follow the next few steps and let the D&B community know how things go.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the relationship. What is their name? Write it down.
- Pray to God for courage to forgive them or forgive yourself (or both). Write down your forgiveness.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you set up a time to talk, and guide you in the conversation. Put it in your calendar.
- Report back.
We will be praying for an I told you so moment - as God promises throughout the bible that Christ will make all things new. It is our hope that at least one relationship in your life will experience healing and renewal, in the near future.
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Josh is a thoughtful and passionate leader. Currently, he is serving with Azusa Pacific University as the Assistant Director for Mobilization, where he leads marketing, educational programming, and on-going research and assessment for the Center for Student Action. Josh resides in Long Beach, California with his wife Stephanie of two years, where they enjoy outdoor adventures and the eclectic mix of cultures. In 2012, Josh earned his Master's in Public Health from Long Beach State University and just started his Master of Arts in Leadership at Azusa Pacific University.