February 23, Saturday

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

Rescued for Relationship”

Exodus 6:7-8

I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.’”

In the past decade or so, our culture has been enamored with superheroes.  So many people love all different movies and TV shows about these heroes who are gifted in some supernatural way; they rise up to save lives or save the world.  We of course know that superheroes aren’t real; nevertheless, they are the picture we have in mind when it comes to what it’s like to be a champion or rescuer of people.  We rally around the gifted and popular politicians, CEOs, doctors, entrepreneurs, etc. to be the ones to bring change to this world. With this superhero mentality in our minds, perhaps this is how we view God as well.  There is in fact a worship song called “Jesus You’re My Superhero.” We can imagine Jesus like a superhero flying into our lives out of nowhere to rescue us from a burning building or helping to fix our messed up lives.  

While this view of God isn’t completely wrong, there’s something missing if we imagine Jesus as our superhero.  The superheroes in media or even the heroes of our culture today, they don’t know usually have much relationship with the people they are rescuing.  When Batman or Spider-man swoop in to save someone from a fatal car crash, afterwards they don’t sit down and grab a meal with them. And our own cultural or political heroes, whoever they are, we typically don’t know them and they almost assuredly do not know us.  Sure they may be trying to help us as a people, but they don’t really have time or the inclination to be in relationship with us.

Jesus is our superhero, but unlike the superheroes of media or our society, his goal isn’t just to rescue and redeem us.  His ultimate desire, as we see in Exodus 6, is for relationship. God tells Moses and Israel that He is going to bring them out of the slavery and bondage and into freedom.  God is angry at the injustice that His people are facing. But He doesn’t want to just set his people free and leave them alone. Instead, He tells Moses that “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God.” He set his people free so that He could be in relationship with them.  

Jesus came to us to set us free from the slavery of sin.  Jesus went to the cross so that we could be rescued and redeemed and made whole.  But Jesus didn’t come to us just so that we could live good and righteous lives. He came so that we could be in an eternal love relationship with Him.  Our God is not an impersonal superhero who is here to fix our problems; instead, He is an all-powerful God who wants to be in relationship with us. Let us remember to turn to him for rescue and relationship.

Prayer: Jesus I thank you that you came to save me and to be with me. I pray that I will daily remember that you desire a relationship with me, and that, in turn, I will strive to be with you. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today:  Matthew 11-12

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