Jesus threw in his lot with humankind.
He was one of us.
He was a stand for the divine worth and value of every person.
Religion told people they had to earn God’s love, but Jesus freely offered love without condition.
Religion told people they didn’t measure up to a holy God, but Jesus’ closest friends were people who would never step foot inside a temple.
Religion placed buildings, creeds, clerics, and rules between God and people, but Jesus opened people’s eyes to see God in all things, including each other.
Religion told people their humanity separated them from God, but Jesus insisted that his humanity was God.
Religion told people that God is a judge that shows no mercy, but Jesus created a space of grace for all people.
Religion told people that God is distant and removed, but Jesus showed that God is the air we breathe.
Jesus threw in his lot with us.
He was a stand for humankind.
The cross was his last stand.