To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6
Why would God want to save us? For what purpose would He do this? For some, presented with the good news that Jesus has died on the cross to pay our debt of sin with His blood, these are the inevitable first questions. Who are we, that He would even give us a thought, let alone so great a sacrifice? God is infinite and so I don’t believe we will ever be able to completely answer any question about His heart and nature, but we do have the reason He has repeated for us throughout His Word: He loves us. If we protest with responses like, “How? You don’t know what I’ve done. I’m not lovable, etc.” then I would remind you that all His capacities are infinitely more than we can imagine, so that what seems impossible to us is no difficulty for Him.
So, from the greatness of His heart, He loves even us. It is right for us to be amazed! His love has been demonstrated in the most appalling of ways: “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Without His loving intervention, His salvation, we would continue to be responsible for the price of our sin: eternal separation from God, otherwise known as hell. “He loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.” Astonishing!
But wait, there’s more! Too often, we make those two statements the whole of the story and stop there. He loves us. He freed us. But now what? If we don’t continue with His Word, we miss the point. We are left to conclude that His love and salvation are given so our quality of life could improve and so that we can have heaven to look forward to rather than hell. These are wonderful benefits, not to be dismissed, but how does the statement end? “…and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father.” Here is the most amazing thing He has done. God has moved us, who were eternally separated from Him by our sin, and brought us near, by His love and His blood given to free us, so that we can be His people and His priests who serve Him. We become those who stand near to minister before Him with worship, prayer and sacrifice. We have been raised far beyond what we deserve and it is a wonder. So much so, that the only reasonable response is, “- to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”