Good Friday + Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Jesus

It’s Good Friday. Normally this is where I’d share details from the week, but I recently – unexpectedly – received the following text from someone I’m just getting to know:

As I mentioned yesterday, my relationship with Jesus permeates my life. But too often I hold back in sharing with others because, quite honestly, I’m conscious of how I might be (negatively) perceived. So when someone reached out to say that a song about sharing one’s faith reminded them of…me!?…I chose to see that as divine encouragement to tell you more about “my” Jesus.

As a launch point, I can’t put it more succinctly than C. S. Lewis, who wrote:

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

I believe the following truths are of infinite importance:

I believe every human is of infinite value, created by a God who loves us and longs to have a relationship with us. The message of Easter is how Jesus’ sacrifice provided a way for us to enter into an eternal relationship with Him.

On a personal level, I believe I am saved by the grace of God by acknowledging I am in need of salvation due to my personal sin. Sin is anything and everything (in word, thought, or action) that separates me from a Holy God. Salvation is the restoration of that broken relationship. I cannot earn God’s favour, and only a perfect Saviour can redeem and restore that relationship, by doing so on my behalf. It requires trusting in the sacrifice that Jesus made – death on a cross despite His blamelessness – to cover all my sin, past, present, and future (that’s right – it continues).

His perfection was accepted in place of my imperfection. His pleasure in me is not based on my performance; it is based on my acceptance of that which I couldn’t do for myself. And my first response to this grace is to love and cherish this Saviour – my Jesus – and “to enjoy Him forever.” My next response is to love my neighbour (everyone around me in this world).

Depending on where you are in your spiritual journey this could sound radical (most world religions suggest there is a scale or balance – that we earn rewards, on our own merit) or like something out of a fanciful myth where things like “sin” and “eternity” and “salvation” have no basis in reality.

Sadly, some may also see “grace” as the rationale behind horrific abuses that have been carried out at the hands of so-called Christians. This is wrong – these people are not following the Jesus of the Bible.

Wherever you are in your faith journey today:

  1. I’m not here to convince you to love and follow Jesus; that’s between you and Him. But I do want to share the Good News that impacts my everyday life.
  2. I don’t have all the answers (and be wary of anyone who says they do). I’m just a simple girl trying to live out her faith to God’s glory. Being a Jesus follower doesn’t mean I get everything right or that I’m promised or expect health and prosperity. It does mean I view the world, the people in it, and my purpose on this Earth with a God-shaped lens for now and eternity.
  3. It can be easy to get lost in the weeds – in arguments over denominations and church politics or to focus on the countless atrocities carried out under the banner of faith. But at the heart of the matter is that simple message that I have been saved by Grace alone (absolutely nothing I’ve done – or could ever do -would be enough to “earn” this), am loved and secure with a current hope and an eternal future. All the rest can quickly become noise distracting me from the heart of the message.
  4. I don’t want you to think God asks us to check our questions and doubts at the door. When I wrestle with God it’s a full-contact sport and I believe it is always better to engage with Him honestly than to ignore Him completely. God meets me where I am – weary and broken, fighting and reluctant, joyful and assured.

And that brings us back to the words of C.S. Lewis. You, the reader, are entitled to think I’m wrong or silly or misled – to believe Christianity is false and of no importance.

But I hope we can all agree the message of Easter can’t be moderately true.

His love is strong and His grace is free
And the good news is I know that He
Can do for you what He’s done for me
Let me tell you ’bout my Jesus
And let my Jesus change your life.
(My Jesus – Annie Wilson/Crowder)

I respect and appreciate the diversity of faith groups represented in this space but if you have questions or want to know more about “my” Jesus (who wants to be “your” Jesus) feel free to reach out:

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18 thoughts on “Good Friday + Let Me Tell You ‘Bout My Jesus”

  1. Well said and well done, Elisabeth. I completely understand yet feel saddened by this: “But too often I hold back in sharing with others because, quite honestly, I’m conscious of how I might be (negatively) perceived.” Again though, I completely understand- it’s a tricky spot, trying to share these important things, while still being mindful and respectful of those who feel differently. I personally would be very interested to read posts now and then shedding light into what your practice of your faith looks like, in your daily life. Have a very blessed Easter weekend!

  2. Well, said, Elisabeth! I’m not a Christian but I have the utmost respect for good, sincere Christians like you. I have no problem with religion in blog posts- it’s a big part of who you are, and we come here for your unique and personal take on life. Have a wonderful Easter!

  3. This was beautifully written Elisabeth. I have differing thoughts on practicing faith through a church from experiences growing up. But I do respect and appreciate you in sharing your faith. It is a part of who you are and I appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable and share. No negative perception here. I’m also open to you sharing how your faith shows up in your everyday life.
    Happy Easter!

  4. I love this! I don’t consider myself a member of any one religion, and probably count as more of an agnostic than anything. But I find religion fascinating and I love hearing other people talk about their faith and how it impacts them and how it fits into their day-to-day. Thanks so much for sharing this important aspect of who you are!

    P.S. I LOVE that text message – what a beautiful glimpse of your character and how others see you. 🙂

  5. Faith is a tricky subject to discuss, especially in recent years. This will sound judgy so hopefully you understand what I’m saying, but many who identity and present themselves as Christians have acted in such disingenuous, unchristian ways in the last several years… That has especially been the case in the United States between the handling of the pandemic, treatment of immigrants, etc. So I think the imagine of Christianity has taken a pretty big hit in recent times, which makes it harder for me to talk about. I was born and raised Catholic and our kids were baptized in the Catholic church. I still identify as Catholic, but I have issues with some of the churches teachings. But overall, I agree with what you’ve said here and share many of the same beliefs.

    1. Thanks, Lisa!
      Yes, many things happen under the banner of Christianity that are decidedly unchristian. Unfortunately, that means that the heart of the message gets lost which comes with, I believe, eternal ramifications.

  6. I really love this. I was raised in an evangelical Christian church and I endured a lot of hurt from people in the church. I’ve gone through a long, painful deconstruction process of figuring out what faith means to me and what I actually believe. The church is not always kind to those who are different and recently, the church has been a place full of hatred and conspiracies – things that are the opposite of what Jesus preached. It’s so disheartening because it should be a place of hope and grace and light. Posts like these remind me of the good in Christianity. The sweetness of a living relationship with Jesus and the positive impact it can have on one’s life. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Elisabeth, as you know, I am not a religious person (anymore). This was such a sensitive post – I really appreciate you sharing with us just HOW important your faith is in your every day life. And not trying to change anyone’s mind. That’s a delicate balance to reach!

    At one point in my life, I would have been the same… I have never taken the time to really explore how and why I moved away from that, but this makes me think that might be needed if I want to understand the me I am today… better. Thank you, again. And, I would like to see how you integrate your faith into your every day. It seems to be part of the very core of your being. <3

  8. I grew up catholic but identify as agnostic these days. I appreciate your sharing your faith with us though. I think it’s a very personal subject and it’s hard to talk about sometimes. I’d never judge anyone for their personal beliefs, although I do agree with what Lisa and Stephany and others have touched on that Christianity has unfortunately also lead to a lot of alienation and hurt in recent years, and what’s most important to me is how people treat other people, and less what or who they believe in.

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