I’m all in. Are you?
In American usage, the phrase “all in” began as a colloquial expression meaning to be in a bad spot—exhausted, worn out, and spent. In the game of poker, it refers to the moment when a player—whether out of bravado, recklessness, desperation, or extreme confidence —bets all of his or her chips on a single hand. Thanks to the Texas Hold’em craze of the nineteen-nineties and two thousands the poker version of the phrase crossed over to general use. Whereas “all in” once referred to a scenario in which someone either wins a hand or loses everything in a flash, as a follower of Christ it means both. The all-in moment in poker is a thrilling win-or-lose-everything crisis of dramatic clarity: you’ve wagered all you’ve got, giving your fate over to the cards, and you can’t go back out again.
This is what Easter is all about. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, He has called “all in.” Jesus the Son of God has given His all through life, suffering, death on a cross, and resurrection. Through this action He has declared to the world “I am all in, what about you?” For some of us, in receiving the Good News we hear this call and proclaim with confidence that we are all in. Other’s may hear this call and - being in a bad spot, out of sheer exhaustion, or being worn out from trying to deal with life - in desperation cry out I am all in. I have nothing more to give. My life has very little left to offer, but Jesus if you are willing to take it in answer to your call I am all in as well. There is nothing sweeter to the ears of Jesus than to hear statements like that. He doesn’t care why you respond. He just cares about your sincerity in your response. It is with that statement and commitment we gain true purpose, a relationship with our Creator and riches beyond our imagination. This is what Easter is all about. Please, come and join us this Sunday as we discuss in further detail the understanding and joys of being “all in.” Love you all.