For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
At the core of our beings, we long to be completely known and understood… accepted and loved. Also lurking inside of us is the fear that true transparency – the revelation of our flaws and frailties – might result in humiliation and rejection.
Here at this intersection of utmost longing and unspeakable fear, we find Jesus. He is intimately acquainted with us. He knows our thoughts and our very motives. He has counted the hairs on our heads. He knows when we wake and when we lie down to sleep.
He knows our past and all the secrets we conceal from others. He breathes life into our present and goes before us into our future. He understands our weaknesses and mourns our apathy.
Best of all, in spite of it all, in the middle of it all, He loves us – deeply, fully, irreversibly, and eternally. Nothing we do causes Him to flinch or abandon us. Nothing we do can cause Him to love us any more than He already has at the border of the cross of Calvary.
We are accepted in the Beloved. He takes the risk out of transparency when we stand in His presence – fully known and fully loved. No more hiding. No more fear. Oh, how glorious to be found in Him!