There's no rewind just redeem -Propaganda
Have you ever done something in life that you wish you could take back? It may not be something that is all that bad, maybe it's just embarrassing or subpar to what could have been. We all have things in our lives that we wish we could go back and change. Maybe it's that time you said something to someone you shouldn't have or put yourself in a situation that you shouldn't have been in. I know for me, I often say things I wish I could take back. Often without even realizing that they may be offensive or detrimental to a relationship.
My family has a name for when I say these types of things- Frank. As in "let me be Frank." Being "Frank" is a part of my personality. This isn't to say that it is excusable but it is to say that it's a part of who I am. I'm very black and white. The facts are the facts. So if I'm asked I'll let you know if I think that's a bad idea or if you're wrong about something. You can probably already tell where this is going, there are a lot of words that I wish I could take back. Sure they may have seemed right in the moment but they probably didn't actually help in the long run. But here's the thing, you can't take back words. You can’t take back any kind of mistake. There are no redos in life.
Often times we get stuck on these mistakes whether it's words we said, mistakes in a relationship, or an addiction. We wish that we could go back and fix these things. Rewind things right then so that maybe we will be at peace now. There are two huge problems with this thinking. The first and most obvious, there's no going back in life. You can ask for forgiveness, seek counseling or rehabilitate yourself but you can't change the past. There are no time machines. The other, one that is maybe not so obvious, is that we couldn't fix things if we tried. As humans we are flawed. This is why no matter how hard we try, we will always mess something up. This is also why we are always trying to fix things.
I’m one of those people who always wants to fix things. Not in the "I used to take my toys apart and put them back together" sense but rather I like to find solutions. All people are problem solvers. Even if it's on a most basic level of finding food and shelter. We all try to fix things to make our lives better. Sometimes we even try to "fix" other people, but has that ever actually worked for you? It hasn’t for me! I mean as much as we would all love Chris Martin to fix us, it's just not going to happen.
So we know we are messed up. Is there any hope at all? Well yes, but not in us fixing ourselves. Humanity is flawed, whether we like it or not. We see it everywhere we look- death, disease, poverty, hunger. In the same way that you can choose where you're from, you can not escape this flawed version of life- at least not on your own. To escape this cycle of hopelessness and depravity, we must seek out a power beyond ourselves. Something to redeem us, to reconcile us. The things that we have done, have caused us to have a debt- one that we'll never be able to pay off by ourselves.
There is a hope for redemption! It is not something that we can do to save ourselves, but a savior who gave himself. Through the sacrifice of Christ, we can now be reconciled to God. No longer having to live in a world where all we do is wish we could change our past, now we can focus on living a life of redemption. The message of the Cross is not just tradition but rather a celebration. A celebration of what God has done for us despite what we have done. And like many other celebrations(births, marriages, graduations) it is something that profoundly impacts our lives.
It is something that we must respond to, and our responses changes everything. This Easter reflect on what God has already done for you. Forget about mistakes and things that you can't change, and think about the things that have already been done for you. Here are some scriptures to get you started.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:6-11 ESV)
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (Colossians 1:21-22 ESV)