Jeremiah 30:11I am with you, says the Lord, to save you.
Paul wrote: I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
A few questions this morning…What if we really, really did need to be saved? What if our sins and our sin was actually so bad that only the intervention of God in the affairs of the world could deal adequately with them and that condition? What if the things we know and feel – guilt, shame, discouragement, loneliness, doubt, and the like – were only the tip of the iceburg that is our sinful, fallen nature? What if God really is holy, righteous, just, and all knowing? What if our sins actually separate us from God so that he does not hear when we pray?
Those rhetorical questions may seem silly and unnecessary to those who read this blog. They speak to the reality of our sinful, fallen nature. We know these things to be true. We know we are part of the “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) reality. We confess this regularly.
God, however, knows all that and has committed himself to our redemption and salvation. He has intervened in the affiars of the world in Jesus Christ and appeased his own wrath through Jesus’ death on the cross. As if that isn’t enough, he then vindicated Jesus, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand. And those who look to him have the promise of abundant, eternal life.
This bit of good news reported to us from Jeremiah and reiterated by Paul is more precious than we can even imagine. When we do encounter the reality of our fallenness and need for salvation, and then the joy of God’s mercy and grace in Christ, we at best get only a glimpse of how profoundly good this news really is.
God has saved us. And he won’t give up on us until the saving is done. That will certainly be some Day! In the mean time, however, as we encounter the reality of our sinfulness, let us rejoice even more in God’s love, redemption and eternal commitment to our glory and joy in Jesus.