But God, Who is Rich in Mercy

When driving, I am surprised by the number of vehicles that follow too close while exceeding the posted speed limit. Unfortunately, some of the vehicles have display religious insignias. I suppose the intent is to witness for the Lord. But their positive witness is negated by their reckless and lawless driving.

A more fitting and effective witness expounds on Proverbs 13:7, which teaches: “Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.” John 1:1 and John 1:14 (NLT) tell us: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

God created a perfect habitation for imperfect humans. And even after sin contaminated it and us, He extended His mercy through a Redeemer who would restore the loving fellowship we lost and nullify the curse and dominion of sin making a perfect sacrifice at Calvary’s cross.

This Redeemer, Jesus Christ left His throne in glory to inhabit human flesh. For thirty-three years, He humbly and unselfishly, healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, encouraged the downtrodden, and taught all who would listen to His spiritually transforming and morally compelling message of faith and love.

Then He allowed Himself to be fastened to a cross before throngs of mocking people. He had every right, as the sinless Word that became flesh, to command tens of thousands of angels to destroy us all. Instead, He freely exchanged His sinless life for our sinful lives, and now He intercedes for us before God. In essence, He became poor to secure our eternal, spiritual wealth.

It is very difficult to fathom a dignitary exchanging places with a condemned prisoner willingly. Yet Jesus Christ, the Son of God did this for us, and He continues to supply us with His unfathomable love, grace and peace even today. Though Him we have the comfort, companionship, and direction we need to live for Him while we await His glorious return.

What a wonderful Savior!