An Unwavering Devotion

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
When God sent Jesus to earth, He came in a humble state. We’ve discussed how Jesus could have been anyone He desired, but He came as a baby and lived with a servant’s heart as a carpenter’s son. So, we see the humility of God manifested in Jesus.

So often, people tend to think of God as a wrathful God. Scripture tells us that He does indeed have wrath, and we see this wrath poured out on people throughout Scripture due to sin. The price of sin is death, and sin separates us from the Lord, but just as we’ve been discussing, the heart of the Father is connection. He has pursued us from the very beginning, and His intentions are always to bring us closer to Him.

So, when sin separated Adam and Eve from Him in the garden, there had to be a perfect sacrifice to bridge the gap. Blood had to be paid so that we could be with the Lord.

We’ve seen the intentionality and the humility of God, and now we see the devotion of God. When we think of someone who is devoted to a person, we think of someone who is invested; headstrong; unwavering in their service or love for another person. The Father is devoted to humanity.

When we turned away from Him, He sent Jesus as the sacrifice to bridge the gap between us and Himself. The Word says that He made Him [Jesus] who had no sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God. What is righteousness? To be in right-standing with God. Connected. No longer separated. To have peace with God.

The Father was so devoted to humanity that He put His wrath on His own Son so that we might have peace with Him. Isaiah tells us that “it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer” (verse 53:10) because this was the only way to make peace after humanity’s rebellion.

Thus, we see the devotion—the unwavering fidelity of the Lord.

He crushed His own Son so that we might have a relationship with Him. And the Son, being one with the Father, willingly took the punishment that He did not deserve. It’s a beautiful exchange.

With devotion, there is always an exchange because you’re putting another person’s life above your own. You’re using your time and your efforts to serve and commit yourself to someone else, considering their life as more precious than your own.

God puts your life above His own. All of His time and efforts are spent on you. All of His devotion is directed at you.

How beautiful it is to be loved this much.
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