The God of Second Chances
At our recent Assembly, David Kerrigan brought this Scripture to our attention:
“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, “Here am I, here am I.”
Isaiah 65v1 NIVUK
It captured my imagination and fired my faith in God’s ability to reach our nation. It reminded me that our Heavenly Father is the God of second chances, the God of forgiveness, the God who offers new hope; he comes to us, graciously demonstrating his love. He is the one who is calling each and every one of us to himself and although many of the people of our nation are not thinking of looking for him, he has not given up on calling out to us.
This is our true hope for the nation: not that our nation is turning to Christ but that Christ has not stopped turning to our nation.
As we approach Christmas, we recognise that God the Father revealed himself to this world in Christ the Son, and that he did this to those who least expected it, like Mary, Joseph and the Shepherds. He also showed his love to Magi whose gaze was redirected so that they might discover a greater truth. To those who were not looking and to those who were looking in the wrong place, he said “here am I.”
This Christmas let us take the many opportunities given to us to reveal Christ to those who are not looking for him and to those who are looking in the wrong places: to the marginalised who, like the Shepherds, would never class themselves as worthy of such a great gift as his Good News; to those who, like the Magi, are looking for life in all its fullness elsewhere; to those who we love as family members, work colleagues, neighbours and friends. May our presence with them reveal the presence of Christ. Let us rejoice together this Advent in the certain hope that he still comes to our nation by his Spirit, longing that many would be found.