They shall be my people and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness. Zechariah 8:8
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. Colossians 1:18
Sometimes I get very discouraged as a follower of Jesus Christ. The whole world is going after a politically correct version of the good life which is determined by man’s assessment of what is good or evil. Good becomes a moving target, based on the whim of whoever can control the media, pop culture, and money. And the target has moved far from the ways of God.
Why would God choose anyone out of such a mess to be his people? Why would God wish to identify with such a sorry lot as we? It certainly isn’t because we are righteous. It certainly isn’t because we are shaping the culture for good. We’ve sinned. We’re losing the culture war.
Yet God has chosen us. He has determined to be righteous, faithful, and true. He will not move away from his promises, or abandon his people. He will not let even death get in the way of all that he has determined to do.
Our God remains faithful. His righteousness, shown in Jesus Christ is a righteousness of perfect faith. And when all was lost – humanly-speaking – and Jesus was dying on the cross, he remained faithful. He entrusted himself to his Father, and was vindicated for such faith: raised from the dead.
Jesus is the firstborn from the dead of those who believe. So no matter how bad things get here on earth, our faith in him will be vindicated. God is faithful and righteous. Jesus has conquered death. We are his people – whether that is popular in our culture or not.