As we walk further up and further into the truths of the Gospel, the Good News almost seems too good to be true. The more I walk in the truths of the Gospel, the more I am convinced that I need more of the truths of the Gospel . . . simply to believe the truths of the Gospel! There are days when I echo the cry of the father of the demon-possessed boy in Mark 9:24, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
The cross shouts many things to us. It shouts that Jesus is committed to saving His people. It shouts that His people are accepted in the Beloved. It shouts that the entire work of our salvation has been perfectly completed by our Savior. But did you know it shouts that He rejoices over you?
As the bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
Jesus, our bridegroom, has made a choice to rejoice over you His bride. This is not because you have matured over time, like a fine wine. And it isn’t because you redoubled your efforts and strengthened your commitment to be more faithful. His choice to rejoice over you is simply that: His choice. And because His choice doesn’t have its beginnings in you, it won’t have its continuance or its completion in you either.
That is really good news, isn’t it?
- We are accepted because He chooses to accept us.
- We are adopted because He chooses to adopt us.
- We are cared for because He chooses to care for us.
- We are loved because He chooses to love us.
It would be impossible to accept just how much we mean to our Lord if it hadn’t been written down for us in the sacred Scriptures. And even when we read it in the Gospel over and over, we still need to ask Jesus to help our unbelief.
I think one of the reasons His choice to rejoice over me is so hard to accept is the fact that I know just how bad I really am! I know my divided affections . . . my idolatry . . . my sinful pride . . . my self-righteousness. I know that I remove Jesus from the throne of my life and replace Him with a thousand things smaller than Him. And yet, in spite of all that—in spite of the wretched man that I am—He has made a choice to rejoice over me!
Regardless of where this message finds you today, I encourage you to pause for a moment and receive a good dose of Gospel medication. Our heavenly Father’s choice to rejoice over you was sealed with Christ’s blood staining a rough cross on Golgotha’s hill.
Still not convinced? God confirmed the sacrifice of His Son for you by raising Him from the dead on the third day.
Still struggling with doubts? Today Jesus sits in the position of power, authority, and glory at the right hand of the Father, always making intercession for you, and waiting for that day when He will receive you into glory.
These Gospel truths are the key to rising above the challenges of daily living. These truths provide the necessary fuel to face every obstacle and overcome every failure, knowing that we wear the spotless wedding garments of His grace. And that is enough to get us home safely!
One final point: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). His choice to rejoice over you as His bride never grows cold, never diminishes, and never fades.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!