His arrival in our midst

The disease at the core of our humanity is beyond our skill to heal. God, however, did not leave us alone to wallow in the devices and desires of our own hearts. The LORD our God determined that he would bring salvation to a helpless race. He would do so by coming himself to his people …

His arrival in our midst was our salvation. The LORD himself came to save us. He came to usas a man in Jesus Christ, who took upon himself the sin and separation of humanity, made it his own in the terrible moment of dereliction on the cross, and then healed the breach …

Thus, in his union with us, Jesus healed us. By becoming what we are, the eternal Son of God could act from within our humanity for the sake of all humanity. The one who stands as creator in relationship to all human beings did a creative work within the humanity he took from us. In turn, joined to him by the Spirit, united to his new humanity, we may thus receive the benefits of all he accomplished in our flesh.

— Gerrit Scott Dawson, quoted by Dan Cruver in Reclaiming Adoption (Study Guide)

(HT: Of First Importance)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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