I was broken and lost but I didn’t know it. Hopeless, lonely and unsatisfied with life. I believed there was a God, but this did me little good. Why? Because I didn’t actually know Him. I believed but I didn’t know I was supposed to have a relationship with Him. I didn’t even know I could.
Always searching, I was aching for fulfillment, yearning to be loved. I longed for something of substance and worth in this life. I found myself trying to figure out who I was and find someone who truly loved me. Yet I was empty still. I didn’t truly know what I was looking for.
Little did I know I’d find everything I was looking for one night while playing flute in an orchestra. More so, Someone would find me.
That One Night
Colors and lights and sounds filled the atmosphere of the auditorium. Singers and actors told the story of Christ from the Gospels.
Hidden behind the veil of the stage, I played my flute in the orchestra. Little did I know what was to come. I was about to have an encounter with the One who ripped an even thicker veil out of the way for me, the veil to the Holy of Holies where God dwelled.
That veil existed because of my sin, which had separated me from Love and Truth. Now I would find out the veil had been torn and my sin was atoned for, if only I would believe and be bought back to be with God, forgiven forever.
Soon I would not just believe in God, I would enter into that relationship with Him through His Son Jesus. I would discover that His very life was given for mine.
The Piercing of His Truth
In a timeless moment, a singer began the second to last song of the night. As the words sounded, my heart came to know that God was the One I’d been longing for all along. His truth pierced through the pain in my soul and set me free.
“There are no strangers, there are no outcasts…”
The rejection which had wounded me was being washed from my soul. The brokenness inside had been dealt with because of the pierced hands and wounded feet of my Savior.
“There are no orphans of God.”
Tears soaked my cheeks. Suddenly I found where I belonged. I was no longer alone in a sea of people, hoping for something better to come along. Holy love beckoned my heart from the beginning of time, and now He had given me ears to hear the truth: Christ Jesus loved me and gave His life for me because He is jealous for me to repent of sin and turn to Him.
The final song sounded its haunting Celtic undertones. “In Christ Alone” reverberated through the sanctuary. The actor playing Christ was lifted up as a representation of Christ’s rising from death to life again.
The tears that fell from my eyes turned to drops of glorious joy as His light shone down and filled me to the core. Now I understood: I was loved and in repentance, my sin could be forgiven.
The Message of Hope and Life
Words united with what I felt within as the Gospel was proclaimed: Christ gave it all for me, to cleanse me of sin and deliver me from its consequence of death, if I would only come, repent and believe.
I was once in darkness. Once dead, but now alive in His glorious light. This is my testimony, my resurrection story. Are you ready to start yours?
Yet this is not merely my story or even yours. Above all, this is the historic truth of the resurrected Christ, Jesus my Lord. In a one-flew swoop of death-killing, sin-conquering power, He gave His life and rose again from the dead in resurrection life. Once dead, He is now alive.
If not for Him, none of us could live. Are you ready to receive the ultimate gift of true life?