At that point, Tom told the rest of us to go inside while he and Laura stayed behind. We’d found a scruffy pair of shoes for Beki to wear, but nothing to fit Laura.
Beki and I scooted into the welcome booth. Just as we began to scan the menus, I noticed Beki looking up, her eyes as big as saucers. I turned around to see Tom and Laura walking in, stoic as could be. Little Laura was shuffling along in her Dad’s size ten running shoes, while Tom had completed his shorts and shirt attire with a very polished pair of Sunday tie-up shoes without socks!
We broke into uncontrollable laughter, totally demolishing the tension of the whole episode.
As I thought of this story, it reminded me of the Easter season we’re celebrating. We’re much in the same situation Laura was in. We’ve been given so much, and yet by our own carelessness or by the robbery of sin, we are left without what we need to gain entrance into the restaurant.
Not only are we unable to get into heaven by ourselves, we also don’t have the proper attire–righteousness, a sinless life. It’s as if there’s a door in heaven with a sign that says, “No righteousness, no entrance.”
We’ve blown it. We lack the “shoes” we need for entrance into heaven. And that’s where our Lord comes in. He sees our need and assesses the situation. He knows that we can’t ever manufacture the “shoes” required.
So He humbles himself by taking off his heavenly shoes and giving them to us, basically saying, “If you’ll be willing to walk in my shoes–even though they’re way too big for you–then you can walk through the doors of heaven and enjoy the feast I have prepared for you.”
Giving us His shoes to walk in didn’t come cheaply for Jesus. His humiliation and suffering on this earth cost Him His life–exactly the price of our being able to walk “in Him.”
As we ponder these eternal truths, let’s remember that while we’re shuffling along in our Lord’s shoes, He’s there beside us daily, loving, protecting, and making sure we reach our destination.
This is the great and wonderful news of Easter. Hallelujah! Christ is risen indeed!