Wednesday, July 1
God’s Initiative to Save Us
The Bible shows that after the Fall of our first parents, it was God who came looking for them, not vice versa. On the contrary, the man and woman tried to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord, What a powerful metaphor for so much of the fallen human race: they flee the One who comes looking for then, the only One who could save them. Adam and Eve did it in Eden, and unless surrendered to the wooing of the Holy Spirit, people are still doing the same thing today.
Fortunately, God did not cast aside our first parents, nor does He cast us aside either. Form the time that God first called out “Where are you?” to Adan and Even in Eden (Gen. 3:9, NKJV) until today, He is still calling us. He is, indeed, the first missionary.
“In the matchless gift of His Son, God has encircled the whole world with an atmosphere of grace as real as the air which circulates around the globe. All who choose to breathe this life-giving atmosphere will live and grow up to the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.”- Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 68.
Of course, the greatest revelation of God’s missionary activity can be seen in the incarnation and ministry of Jesus. Though Jesus came to this earth to do many things-to destroy Satan, to reveal the true character of the Father, to prove Satan’s accusations wrong to show that God’s law can be kept-the crucial reason was to die on the cross in the place of humanity, in order to save us from the ultimate result of sin. Which is eternal death.
What do each of these texts teach us about the death of Jesus?
John 3:14, 15
Isa. 53: 4-6
2 Cor. 5:21
God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” (NKJV). That is what it took in order of us to be made “the righteousness of God in Him” (NKJV). This idea has been called the “great exchange,” Jesus taking on our sins and suffering as a sinner so that we, though sinners, can be counted as righteous before God as Jesus Himself.