We all love a good story. A good "rags-to-riches" narrative that will bring hope to some challenging obstacle we're faced with. Something like a Ray Lewis hard-hitter that shows an adolescent boy who, seeing his mother in hard times vows to draw cards out of a deck and proceed with push-ups, matching the number on the face of the card with push-ups until he can't do any more. Now a world champion linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, his story has even more significance. But I wonder, what if he failed.
One of our staff members gave birth this past week. In talking to father he commented on one of the sleepless mornings he was holding his son. In the stillness of the moment he thought, "Jesus died, for you." Someone so small and seemingly insignificant. He can't even lift his own head, yet Jesus Christ desended to earth to pay the life-sentance of death that is being held over the head of that child. Grace is not cheap, but it is beautiful.
Every year we have students who walk the halls asking questions similar to those asked in the video above. The incredible beauty of the Christian perspective of the world lies in the simple verses of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." This simple reality is what gives students significance. The fact that Jesus Christ found them worth His life is a clarion statement for the world that they are special.
It is a blessing at Hillcrest to instruct students to understand this reality, and to call them to live a life worthy of the call Christ endured on the cross.