YOU’VE BEEN RESCUED
When the Titanic went down, only 706 of its 2,223 passengers and crew were saved. Terrible safety procedures and an inadequate number of lifeboats doomed the rest. The ship’s builders were so confident of its invincibility that total lifeboat capacity was only 1,178!
Ready for some good news? The rescue planned by the Father, carried out by the Son, and empowered by the Spirit has capacity for every last human being on the planet—past, present, and future. The blood of Jesus is powerful enough, and the new heaven and earth has room enough, for every man, woman, and child of all time.
The prophets of the Scriptures bring this good news in powerful and poetic language. Christ’s rescue is universal, free, and objective; that is, it is based not on human performance but God’s decision to have mercy. Sound good? Read on . . .
God Cares for Us
“Does he love me?” “Does she love me?” The human heart longs for emotional security. We strain to look for signs in the words and actions of others to see what they really think of us.
To my amazement, my wife has kept all of my love letters to her. I guess that their words provide assurance to her even though they were written decades ago. Here are words from one of God’s love letters to his believers in the 8th century b.c.: “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).
Do you see where Isaiah is pointing you? Not at your flawed spiritual report card. Not at your cuteness or perfect performance of religious rituals or earnest promises. When you want to know if there’s hope for you, be quiet and listen. Listen to God’s love letter. Believe him when he tells you that his love for you is his decision. He has decided to be kind to you because he is kind.