And yet…

We are a sorry lot.

The Psalms say this about us.

“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

Psalm 53:2-3

And yet he still loves us. And yet he still has provided a way back to him.

Paul says In his letter to the Romans “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

Romans 5:6-11

The Jewish patriarch Isaac had a son Jacob. Jacob was a conniving grasping weasel of a man. One night though he had an encounter with God and he wrestled with him throughout the night. That night he was changed physically and spiritually and God even changed his name from Jacob, which means supplanter, to Israel which means “he struggles with God” “may God prevail”.

At the end of of psalm 53 the last verse mention Both names of Jacob, his name before he encountered God and his new name God gave him.

“Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 53:6

When God reveals to the world his plan to save us from our sin through Jesus, Let the old guy, the old selfish supplanter rejoice, and let the new man, the man God has touched and changed be glad. Now the world can know that there is hope in God through Jesus. Our sins can be forgiven and we can be given a clean start, maybe even a new name.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?