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April 26, 2017, 8:18 AM

Who God is After


“And I, if I am lifted from the earth, will draw all men to Myself” John 12:32

Jesus came for every kind of person.  He crossed every barrier, religious, moral, tribal, racial, and cultural.  He died for every demographic group.  Being born however as a Jew, he was born into a culture that had narrowed the pathway to God as Jews restricted salvation to Jews, or those who behaved like Jews.  Within Judaism some Jews felt superior to other tribes and all tribes felt superior to other ethnicities who were not part of God’s chosen people.  

They did so because they had been rightly taught that the Jews are God’s chosen people.  They were wrong however in thinking that salvation was only for the them. The Bible says it salvation was offered to the Jew first but also to the Greek. (meaning Gentile, or everyone not Jewish)  

Jesus however broke down cultural barriers and religious taboos when He visited with a Samaritan woman (John 4), when He healed a Samaritan Leper (Luke 17:17-18), when He healed a Roman Centurion’s servant (Luke 7:1-10), and a Syrophoenician woman’s daughter.  (Mark 7) He also healed on the Sabbath (Mark 3) and forgave sinners of their sin. (Mark 2) He forgave a woman allegedly caught in adultery (John 8) and ate in the house of publicans and sinners.  (Matthew 9)

The point of all this is that Jesus is that no matter what your ethnic, societal, or religious standing; God is in search of you.  

God has been in search of all kinds of people even from the beginning.  Consider the birth of Christ:  God wrote 4 kinds of people into the Christmas Story.  

1.  The High - The Wiseman represent those who are educated, connected, and rich.

2.  The Low - The shepherds represent society’s blue collar worker and those on the bottom rungs of the social order.  

3.  The Resistant - King Herod stands for all those who see themselves as too powerful, too important, or to self sufficient for God.  

4.  The Receptive - Mary, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna represent people who are open to God’s grace.  

Jesus when He died stretched out his arms on the cross, symbolic of the open arms that await anyone, no matter where you are from,  who you belong to, or what you have done, if you are willing to accept Him.  

No one falls beyond the reach of God’s redeeming love.  It is by grace that you can be saved through faith in Jesus as God and His work on the cross as your payment.  

It is for you! You are who He is after!


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