I had lunch with a young man who is actively considering a relationship with God. As we started eating, his friend, and former classmate showed up and sat with us to eat.
During the course of the conversation this young man asked his friend why. Ha hadn’t called him in such a long time. The reply was amazing: “Why should I call you if I have no reason to call?”
On the surface, the question is logical and reasonable, but quite selfish. There is no concern for the other person. No thought about the welfare of his friend. But of course, we would say that if either friend has a need, they can call.
While listening to this conversation I remembered Jesus. The Bible says he died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5:8). Before we realized our need, he took the initiative to take a costly step on our behalf. Before we asked for help. Now, the uniqueness of Christ’s offer is fabulous when we consider that he plans to do a major follow-up to his original plan.
Once again, Jesus will return to make good on His original plan. “In the same manner Christ also was offered in sacrifice once to take away the sins of many. He will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for him” (Rom 9:28).
What a deal. He gives up his life just because he loves us. Throughout our lives he promised to be with us. Then, he promised to return and finalize the process to take us with Him.
Our brokenness was enough to make Jesus respond. Our sin had made such a significant gap that he had to turn our way. We were the reason.
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