“There is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me. ‘Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other’” (Isaiah 45:21-22).
Our common narrative of sin and death was conquered through the merciful and loving pursuit of sinners by the living God. Hear his tender plea: ‘Turn to me and be saved.”
God is the Seeker of those who flee in shame of their sin. No man (of himself, in himself or by himself) seeks God. God is the only seeker. Unless He pursues, we remain in flight. If He did not turn toward us, we could not turn toward Him.
When our Savior anticipated the agony of judgment for our sins, He “knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done’” (Luke 22:41-42).
God’s pursuit of sinners culminated in His entrance into the created world. The Creator, Lawgiver and Judge became man to become our Redeemer.
“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8, NLT).
“…you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9).
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus” (Romans 3:25-26; cf. II Corinthians 5:17-21).
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