“In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’” Isaiah 25:9
What was the best gift you ever received? A favorite toy? A special doll or musical instrument? A treasured book? A picture, tickets to a sporting event or concert? For me, it was a “walking Betsey doll” as a child, and the Christmas my husband purchased every color of embroidery floss that DMC made for my cross-stitch “addiction.” Sometimes the best gift is something that we need and cannot get for ourselves. This is the heart of God’s gift of salvation. We needed to be saved from punishment due to us sinners. We cannot save ourselves, no matter how hard we try to be “good enough,” no matter how much we work, no matter how much we give – we are helpless to secure our own salvation.
Popular theology says that God saw His creation falling away from Him, into the clutches of sin and Satan, and He sent His Son in response. But God’s salvation through Jesus Christ was His plan for the ages, from before the creation of man or the earth (ref. 1 Peter 1:20). Before God said “let there be light,” His Son was destined for the cross. Why would God sentence His Son to die for you and me? David answered in Psalm 22:20 – “He rescued me because he delighted in me.” It’s that simple – God delights in you – He loves you, and He rescued you from the penalty of sin and the power of death because He delights in and loves His children. God’s gift of salvation is available to every person. No one is exempt. No one is left out. But the choice to receive or reject God’s gift is ours and ours alone.
What Joy is ours when we choose this gift, when we accept this great salvation offered to us by the blood of Jesus. Hear the words of Isaiah as he proclaims, “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10). Do you hear the delight and rejoicing? God takes away our filthy garments of sin and shame and condemnation and exchanges them for royal garments of salvation and drapes our shoulders with the robe of righteousness – His righteousness. If you have accepted this gift, rejoice my friend in Christ, REJOICE! If you have not Beloved, will you open your heart to receive the greatest gift ever given, the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ?