Saved… 

Part 4 – To enter Jesus’ world    

The goal of the Father’s plan of salvation was us coming to love his Son as he always has. And Jesus happily went along with it because we would then experience the Father’s love as he always has. 

Jesus willingly died for us, therefore, so we could enter the world he lives in, as we see in John 17:24 when he prayed, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

And this is what Jesus now lives for, verse 26, “to make you, Father, known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” That’s the world Jesus lives in, of knowing and experiencing the constant love of his Father. His greatest wish, therefore, is for us to live in that world too.   

Or as Paul phrased it in Colossians 1:12-14, we can “thank the Father for enabling us to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For the Father has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”

The Father wants all his children to live in the world of his love that his Son lives in. That’s why the Father “rescued us” – saved us – “from the kingdom of darkness” that we were stuck in and couldn’t get out of. 

And we know how he did it too, that “in Christ we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” It was through Christ’s shed blood on the cross that made Jesus’ love for us so real. And that’s when a whole new world of love and light opens up to us, understanding what the Father wants for us, and how real he made it for us through the love of his Son willing to give his life to buy back the potential we had in the beginning.  

And why did the Father do it this way? Because it shone a bright light on his Son, “the Son he loves” (verse 13, NIV). 

That’s what the Father wants us to see through this whole process of saving us. It’s how great his Son is, in giving his human life – and his resurrected life – to make his Father’s plan for us happen…(continues tomorrow)   

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