The Old Testament tells of the relationship between God and Israel, and we have seen how all the promises they were given were fulfilled in Jesus.
This post I want to take a look, and enjoy a little more deeply, how the cross has reconciled people of all nations to God. We have already seen that this was a promise given to Abraham, but it’s such a significant change (and I couldn’t be in relationship with God as a non-Jewish Christian without it), that I want to look at it a little more closely.
Before the Cross – One Family, One Nation – Israel
As we know, the cross is not the first time God acts decisively to create a relationship with humanity. This also happens to Israel, beginning at Abraham. God made Abraham promises which Abraham had faith in. As a sign of the faith and the promises, Abraham’s family is to get circumcised.
We then see that God will go to extraordinary lengths to have relationship with the people he has promised. During the Exodus, God rescues his people. He does this so that they can be a holy nation that belongs to God. God dwells in the centre of their camp, in the tabernacle. Later he resides in the temple.
All of this enables Israel to know that their relationship is special. However, this was a relationship with one family. He was not dwelling with every nation.
After the Cross – One Family, One Nation – Christians
The promise of Abraham was that he would bless all the nations, through Jesus this occurs. Jesus, on the cross, reconciles all people to himself, enabling anyone to come into relationship with him:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1.12-13)
Through faith in Jesus we belong to one family and one holy nation. Our heritage does not matter, we are defined and bound together by Christ:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:28)
Isn’t it wonderful to think that we have brothers and sisters in our tribe, tongue and nation? That we will spend eternity together, and no matter how we grow up or where we live, we all are children of God. I definitely praise God that His plan for His Son to die on the cross was able to save anyone. This also makes me look outward and towards His global church and pray for people in all nations to hear and believe the gospel.