Tatoos.  I don't know how you feel about them.  Some feel they are okay to have.  Others disagree.  But this isn't about that. People get tattoos for many reasons.  For some, they choose a beautiful artistic piece, as an expression of some part of themselves.  Others choose a word that inspires them and gives them hope.  Others choose the name of a loved one, a physical declaration that the person is a part of them and forever etched on their hearts.  Whatever the reason, the tattoo is always permanent.  The person is marked forever.

In Isaiah 49:6, God tells us "I have written your name on the palms of my hands."  Can you just stop for a minute and consider how amazing that is?  The God of all creation has chosen to mark Himself forever with your name.  He is permanently branded by you.  He sees you as an expression of Himself.  You provoke His love and tug at the strings of His heart.  You are a part of Him forever.  He has chosen to love you forever and will never forget you.

When Jesus died on the cross, the nails went right through His hands.  The scars they left were permanent.  And over each of those scars your name is written.  The biggest expression of His love happened the moment He gave His life so that we could be reunited with Him.

See before that moment we were marked too.  Marked by sin.  Marked by guilt and marked by shame.  He allowed Himself to be marked, to erase ours.

"God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21