Jesus: Not Ashamed of His People

As Christians we often allow our circumstances to interpret God’s character. If we are enduring a difficult season, we might be tempted to think that God is angry with us or distant. Shouldn’t we instead see our circumstances in light of God’s character? Our fluctuations don’t change him. They can’t. Our cool hearts can’t chill his eternal love. As you perceive a growing sense of your sin, zoom out. Notice the rays of his love that cannot be eclipsed. The matter is settled in eternity between the unchanging, all-powerful members of the Trinity. Moved by love, the Father elected a people (Eph.1:4) and gave them to his Son (Jon 17:6). When Jesus went to the cross, he knew whom he was purchasing. And he didn’t keep the receipt.

…Jesus is not ashamed of his people because they are the ones on whom God set his love before the foundation of the world (Eph.1:4-5). God’s people are Christ’s people (John 17:6). We are the children that God has given him (Heb.2:13). Jesus is not ashamed of his family photo because he loves every single one of us. He is well aware of our baggage. And he loves us anyway. He treats us like family. He always has and always will. Nothing we think or do could ever overturn such divine love to his children.

Erik Raymond in He Is Not Ashamed: The Staggering Love of Christ for His People (Crossway, 2022), pp.20-21. This is a title I requested for review for the Standard Bearer. If any readers are interested, they may let me know if they would like to have the book for a brief review in this Reformed magazine. In the meantime, I have started the book and am finding it spiritually rewarding.

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