I sat there in my fancy dress eating a fancy meal and I wept. Despite my best efforts, I could not hold back my tears. In a room of 500 hundred people, I felt like I was the only one crying. Well, my husband and I were both a mess.
We were at a banquet for our local pregnancy center. Surprisingly, it was not the gruesome details of abortion that had me weeping. I was totally overwhelmed by the forgiveness of Christ and the transformative power of His Word.
The speaker was Abby Johnson and she shared her story of how God completely overhauled her life.
Abby had been the director of the largest Planned Parenthood in the United States for years. She had done indescribable things to babies and she had counseled countless women to choose abortion. She worked 80 hours a week and her only friends were those from work. This was not just a career, it was her life.
Ms. Johnson told how one day while watching an abortion via ultrasound her life was turned upside down. As she watched the 12 week-old life struggle, she realized that what she was doing was horribly wrong.
She did not know what to do. She was torn because she felt a tremendous guilt, but at the same time this place and these people were her whole world. How do you just get up and walk away? How do you walk away from your career, your friends, and your large salary She did not know who to turn too.
However, there was one group of people who she knew would help her. Right next door to the clinic was a pregnancy center. She was well aware that this group of Christians had been praying for her for many years.
Abby confessed the conflict of emotions she had as she went to them for help. She described their immediate willingness to look past years of hurt to help her. And most heartrending of all, she recounted how, as she drove away from the clinic, a man (who had been praying for her for nine years) fell to the ground weeping and rejoicing over answered prayer.
And that is when I lost it.
I was overwhelmed by the forgiveness displayed by these Christians. They showed the instantaneous and complete forgiveness that Christ has shown to us. They got to see first-hand Christ transform a life.
This Saturday, I am reminded that that is what Easter is about. We celebrate that Christ died and rose from the grave to transform the life of sinners.
Jesus provides the ultimate forgiveness. His forgiveness not only is immediate, but it is complete. Once and for all, He wipes away our sin and our guilt and restores us to perfect fellowship with Him.
It does not matter what you have done – abortion, adultery, addiction – your life can be transformed.
And that is the Easter message I learned from abortion.