For those who don’t know, the name Dzhokhar means “jewel.”
I don’t think I could have named him better myself, for he is really a precious jewel in God’s eyes. No matter what Jahar has done, he is a beautiful creation of God, fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)
When God looks upon Jahar, He doesn’t say, “Jahar, I may have created you, but I hate you now. I don’t want you. Go to hell; see if I care.” Rather, it’s the opposite. It’s more like “Jahar, I love you so much. You are a precious jewel to Me. I love you so much that I have given My life that I might bring you home to Me. Even My own life is not too big a price to pay to have you as My child.”
Jahar’s worth and God’s desire to bring him into His family remind me of one of Jesus’ parables:
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
Jahar is a precious jewel to God—a pearl of great value if you will. Jesus has already given absolutely everything to obtain Jahar’s heart. Jahar just needs to come to believe that.
Our precious jewel can find his true value in Christ.