Being Overwhelmed

‘Your love overwhelms and Satisfies my soul

I love that line from the song ‘One thing remains’ by Jesus Culture!

For me, it stands out. Grabs my attention.

But I started to explore what it looks and feels like to be overwhelmed by God’s love.

In pondering this, I asked myself some questions – Do I fully understand the message of the cross? Do I fully understand what Jesus did at Calvary? And then, does it resonate within my soul – does it stir something within me?

It’s a difficult message to grasp and to remind ourselves of, but when we stand in front of a Holy, Almighty God, we are stripped of all our credits, all the things that we have claimed ourselves as righteous for, and we are left with nothing but brokenness. Left with nothing but our failures and mistakes. We fallen short of God’s glory.

Yet God chose to love us. He chose to die for us.

You see, so often the cross is portrayed wrongly. The cross of Jesus was never a gold, clean, sparkling image that you see hanging around people’s necks and on church walls. The reality is, that it was a messy, bloody, place of torture and pain. It was horrific.

And yet – Jesus suffered for the sake of you and me.

In Deuteronomy, it even tells us that ‘You are his treasured possession.’

Guys – God values you. God values you for who you are. The real you. He’d search you out.

Greg Boyd shared – ‘We are as loved in our crap as we are when we are free from it. And until you accept that, you will never escape the crap!’

It amazes me that the very same God who created the earth, the heavens, the stars, who holds every molecule together and every planet in place – This very same God who raised Jesus from the dead, is interested in you and me and has us on his priority list! Wow.

So back to my question – Do you fully understand the message of the cross? 
Do you fully understand what Jesus did at Calvary? And then, does it resonate within your soul – does it stir something within you?

Because when we sit at the foot of the cross – an act of overwhelming love – we are struck by his grace and forgiveness.

There is no greater love than calvary love. No greater love than Jesus on the cross. No greater love of a Holy God who invites us into eternal life with him.

And friends, that invitation is for me and for you. Awesome, Awesome God.
www.laughingwithtom.co.uk

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About laughingwithtom

Tom Elliott is a Christian Communicator who is passionate about introducing people to Jesus. Tom is also a credible and experienced Comedian, Magician, Speaker and writer, with a heart to use his gifts for the extension of Gods Kingdom. He has travelled extensively throughout the UK and abroad, whilst also being on the leadership team of his home church in Gloucestershire. Tom has been mentored by some of the UK’s most influential evangelists including J.John, Steve Legg, Mark Greenwood, Mark Ritchie, Matt Summerfield, Barry Woodward and more. Through his acclaimed show, Tom captures the attention of non believers through quality entertainment and as a result has been able to share his faith on TV, Radio, Online, in schools, churches & theatres reaching thousands of people with the Gospel. Tom has also taken his work to many large scale events and Festivals such as ‘New Wine’, ‘Detling,’ ‘Gorsley’, ‘Greenbelt’ and ‘Spring Harvest’ Tom is honoured to be an Ambassador for the international Christian charity ‘Compassion’ who work to change lives in over 26 countries that suffer extreme poverty. Toms desire is to see all people take hold of Jesus’ promise of life to the full. On stage and off stage, Tom’s passion for this fulfilment of life is contagious. Tom has been personally trained by expert entertainers and in 2013, Tom contributed to a book titled ‘Does God LOL’ alongside some of the biggest names in comedy, to raise money for national charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’. This book is now available in many good book stores. www.laughingwithtom.co.uk
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