Jesus does not save us from God!
Have you ever heard the “God of the Old Testament” pitted against the Jesus of the gospels?
It’s as if the God we learn of in the OT books is a cantankerous old man who destroys all things pleasant or happy.
It’s as if God wanted nothing more than to crush anyone who did not walk in every single statute perfectly.
It’s as if Jesus came to save us from God!
Or perhaps you think Jesus came to save us from hell. (That’s pretty much the same thing, in my book, since it’s not the devil’s hell, but God’s.)
But here is the gospel, the good news:
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21
Let’s be clear—Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. As it says in Hebrews opening gambit:
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, - Hebrews 1:3
The Bible never tells us that God changed. In fact, it tells us that God is unchangeable. (1 Samuel 15:29)
It doesn’t tell us that God used to hate us, but now that Jesus came, He is OK with the human race. Nope—He’s the same today as He was yesterday and in the beginning.
What’s really awesome about this bit, is that when you look at Jesus and see the way He walked in life, you're seeing God’s heart in the flesh. There is nothing in Jesus’ ministry that is not in God the Father. And there is nothing in God the Father that Jesus didn’t carry.
When John tells us God is Love, (1 John 4:8) He’s not telling us God became love, but that the essence of God is, was and always will be love.
I know - this is all such basic stuff, but I want you to let it sink in a bit.
God the Father is a lover, who loves you with an unchanging, enduring love.
On the other hand, sin is your enemy.
It’s sin that Jesus came to save us from.
It’s sin that breaks God the Father’s heart because it tears the object of His love away from Him.
It is sin that separates us from the one who made us and then gave His life to buy us back.
It’s sin that required a veil in the temple.
In the Garden of Eden, there was no veil. In the garden man and God walked together with no filter.
Temptation entered the scene.
God the Father still wanted to walk with man, but there needed to be a veil—a barrier between us.
He came to break down that wall of separation—to save us from our sin.
I hope my little ramble did you good this morning (is it morning?)
Walk in the light and keep shining.