Have you ever felt unworthy of the sacrifice Jesus, the Son of God, made for us? I certainly have. He gave himself freely to be tortured, mocked, and crucified so we could be free from the penalty we deserve for our sins. He did it before we wanted Him, or even knew about Him. Easter is a love story beyond anything we could possibly experience or dream up.

This morning I read one of my favorite stories in the Bible that mirrors what Christ has done for us. It’s the little-known account of a guy named Mephibosheth (I’ll call him Phib for short). His story is especially appropriate for us at Easter. When his father Jonathan and grandfather King Saul were killed in battle, Phib’s nurse panicked and picked him up to run. But she accidentally dropped five-year-old Phib and he became crippled in both legs from that day on.

Years later David became king of Israel and wanted to keep his promise to his best friend Jonathan. So he asked if anyone was still alive from Jonathan’s line that he could show kindness. In the first place this was highly unusual—for whenever a new family came to power, the new king always wiped out any members of the previous dynasty, to avoid an uprising. In the second place, it was unheard of for anyone blind or crippled or deformed to enter the king’s presence. But King David not only decided to give Phib back his family land to provide for his needs, but generously invited him to eat with him at the table. Not just once, but for life!

“The king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, ‘I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table’” (2 Samuel 9:9-10). 

Phib instantly advanced from being a cripple, in fear of his life, to an honored guest at the King’s house! Isn’t that what Jesus does for us?

We’re all crippled by sin. And the actions of others sometimes wound and disfigure us. We are not fit to enter God’s presence; He is perfect and holy. But instead of seeking to destroy us as His enemy, the King has sought us out to take care of us. God promised Abraham He would make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, and that He would bless them. And all who have chosen to trust in Jesus have been grafted into Abraham’s family line!

So, this Easter, as you go to church to celebrate our risen Lord and Savior, and sit down to a big meal with friends or family, picture yourself as Mephibosheth. You and I, crippled and broken as we are, have been invited to dine with the King! What wonderful blessings are ours at Easter, and every day of the year.

Happy Easter to you!

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