“Tis’ so sweet to trust in Jesus” are the words of the great hymn and although those words are true it is scary to trust in Jesus. There is a fear that we will look stupid, manipulated, deceived, or get hurt and it can be scary.
This last week Tucker (3 year old of awesomeness) would stand up on the arm of the couch and jump on to the floor and giggle. He thought it was the best. As I was walking pass the couch he stood up on the arm of the couch and he was almost as tall me so I stopped to give him a hug. I couldn’t resist. I hugged him really tight and then said, “Tucker, fall backwards on the couch.” He simply said, “Okay!” and he leaned back into my arms until I let him go and he fell straight back. After his body bounced off the couch he giggled and said, “That was scary.”
When we place our faith in Jesus’ work on the cross it can feel a little scary because we can analyze it over and over, but just like Tucker was sure he would land on the couch we can be sure of Jesus’ work on the cross. It is sufficient. It is why, moments before His death, He says “It is finished.” It is why 1 Peter teaches us “Christ died for sins once and for all.” It is why He resurrected from the dead to overcome death. It is why the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us as a deposit that He will complete what He has started. It is why He gives us one another.
We often fear what we don’t know and the greatest thing we can do is get to know Jesus. Tucker knew the couch. He knew it would hold him. He knew what he was standing on. He was sure of the couch. Perhaps as we begin a new year we can take one step closer to getting to know Jesus and see that He is trustworthy.