How far does God reach down to save us?
by Norbert Restrepo
It is difficult for us to understand and appreciate God’s sacrifice in giving us His Son, thereby providing a plan for our redemption. The King of glory humbling Himself to fallen humanity? Yet the Bible says, “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. He accepted our fallen nature and struggled against Satan’s temptations. He was willing to take this risk because He loved us.
The life and death of Christ, which are the price of our redemption, are not only a promise and pledge of eternal life, but they (along with His resurrection) are also the greatest demonstration of His character of love. How much was God willing to humble Himself for us?
“For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ made Himself of no reputation. He became a servant. He humbled Himself even unto death on a cross! Oh, if we knew this love we would be “filled with the fullness of God.”
The apostle Peter was confronted with this love in a most vivid way. On one occasion when he was disheartened and it seemed to him that everything was failing, including his success as a fisherman, Christ performed a special miracle for him! He filled up his fishing nets to the point of bursting. Peter was so touched with Jesus’ condescension that he fell down at His feet and cried out: “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8.
On the night of Gethsemane, after Peter had denied His Lord three times, Christ turned and looked upon him with compassion, not with a condemning glance. Two days later Christ sent a message through an angel to the disciples, and specifically to Peter, that He would meet them in Galilee.
Yes, Christ came down to our level to touch us with His love, restore His image in our lives, and give us an opportunity to work for the salvation of our fellowmen. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19.
Will we love others as He has loved us? Will we forgive others as He has forgiven us? May we be partakers of the humility of God!