To our Lord and Savior, Yeshua (whom we call Jesus Christ) and our Father God, without whose eternal love and grace we would be lost; for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no way to redemption and reconciliation except through Yeshua, the Son of God, The Messiah. He loved and loves us even at our darkest, weakest and most deplorable moments, even though He may not love or approve of our actions. We are never alone, and have never been, nor ever will we be, deserted. He has not left this world. He is always at our side. He always has our back. He is not dead, but has arisen!
His grace is sufficient for all peoples, no matter their background, and the completed work of salvation offered to all that believe on Him is also dependent entirely upon Him. For He knew we would not be ready, that we would be difficult, that we would struggle with demons and our innermost will and desires. He knew we would be prisoners to our own lusts, to our minds and what we have seen or experienced, to our fears, to our prejudices and even to our hatred.
It was in love that we were created and, in that moment, He foresaw all; yet He allowed us our own will. He saw that we would betray our kin, cross our neighbors and be envious of others in our community. He saw that we would swap love for lust and wage war and kill in His name. He saw that we would use His mission to build-up our own pride and displace faith with greed. He saw that we would in our arrogance seek to remove Him from His rightful place and raise generations in a world that denies His existence. Yet in love He created us and it is with love that He has already and completely redeemed us.
So, blessed be The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords that He would give of Himself and take upon His back the full burden of our sin and transgression and the sole responsibility of our new covenant, all while not compromising His own character, so He could once again be united with His beloved.
To our families, thank you for supporting us throughout this long journey. For all you have done, for all that you do today, and for all that you will do in the future: Thank you.