What “This is Us” Taught Me About Jesus

**Warning: Spoilers ahead from LAST WEEK’S Season 1, Episode 1 [my lips are sealed on last night’s Episode 2!]**

Holy cow. This Is Us.

More like: This is Brutal.

This is Me sitting on my couch sobbing.

This is so good I can’t tear my eyes away but I’m so sad I want to curl up and stay in bed for a year.

I don’t know about you, but all summer long, I counted down the days until the preview of This is Us, season 2 came on. Season 1 was the feel good [and sob your eyes out] show of the year, sweeping awards shows and American hearts alike. In my opinion, this show is exactly what our world needs right now. The show tackles so many hot topics effortlessly, including but not limited to: gender, age, socioeconomic status, identity, familial relationships, parenthood, career, and most definitely marriage.

Last season ended with the patriarch of the Pearson family, Jack, leaving to stay with his buddy Miguel for a little while, due to marital strife with his wife, Rebecca. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who was hoping this season would bring back together of one of America’s favorite TV couples.

And once again the show did not disappoint, while at the same time, [in true This Is Us fashion,] dropping a few HUGE bombs while we were still ignorantly giddy over the prospect of Jack and Rebecca’s reunion. [Just in case you haven’t seen the episode, I won’t go into the biggest bomb of them all, shown at the very end of the episode, because honestly, I don’t think I’m quite ready to talk about that one…sob.] Anyway, after an entire day of waiting for Rebecca to call, Jack finally hears a knock at Miguel’s door. My heart soared when he opened it to see Rebecca standing there, telling him she should have never let him leave and she wanted him to come home with her. [Cue all the happy tears ever…]

But then came bomb #1: Jack confessed to her that he was drunk and had been drunk not only all day but for weeks. He’d been hiding a major drinking problem from her and their 3 children and was finally realizing he needed to get some help to fight it. Before closing the door to her shocked face, he tells her how embarrassed he is, and that he needs to fix his problem on his own before he can face her and their kids.

And that’s where you think it’s going to end.

Door shuts, fade to black.

I mean, let’s look at this from a wife’s perspective: Rebecca is probably PISSED [and rightly so!] and wants to storm back home, [probably speeding while listening to angry chick music,] justified in being infuriated with her husband and all the problems he’s caused their family, and all the ways he’s disappointed her. Right? Isn’t that what most of us would do?

But wait…then comes a soft knock, knock, knock.

She’s still there.

And probably without NBC execs even realizing it, what she says next beautifully portrays God’s grace. 

She looks at her drunk husband, in all his mess and shame, and says, “get in the car. If you have a problem, we will fix it together. I need you to get in the car so we can go home.”

[Once again, cue all the tears, if there are any left…]

She sees him in all his messed up crap. She sees him at rock bottom. She sees him at his WORST. And she basically tells him, “I love you. We’re in this together. Your problems are my problems. I’m not going anywhere.”

And that’s exactly what God wants us to believe about his amazing grace.

“As the Father loved me, so have I loved you.”

John 15:9

 

“Cast all your anxieties on [God], because he cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

 

“I will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:5b

 

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Rom. 5:8

Read that last verse from Romans one more time.

Basically, while we’re stuck in our shameful, disgusting messes, whether that be a drinking problem, a porn addiction, pride, jealousy, selfishness, or something else, Jesus didn’t just love us, he DIED FOR US. He paid the ultimate price, WHILE WE WERE STILL IN OUR MESS.

He didn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up.

To go through rehab.

To pay our debts and download Covenant Eyes on all our technology.

Fight our battles and win them alone.

He died for us, so he could stand next to us, put his arm around us, and fight our battles WITH US.

How amazing is that?

Seeing Rebecca portray Jesus to Jack like that was so eye opening to me. It brought to gospel to LIFE. Yes, it seems silly for a TV show to have such a profound impact, but it’s This is Us, y’all. There’s nothing that show can’t do. [Except keep Jack alive, evidently…sob.]

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And there’s nothing we can’t do with Jesus by our side. So let’s allow him to fight our battles with us, cause fighting alone is hard, exhausting and lonely. And with Jesus at our side, we KNOW we’ll be victorious. Those odds sound pretty good to me.

 

[In case you missed it, I also wrote a post on 7 Things This is Us Taught Me About Motherhood over on Dayton Mom’s Blog!]