Ephesians 2:19: “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”

Inside of us lurks a deep desire, the wish to be distinguishable and special. We don’t want to be seen as a little pointless grain of sand on the seashore. We like to stand out in some way, and we do. Each of us stands out in God’s eyes because we matter to Him so much!

Human recognition on the other hand is fickle, a lot less gratifying, and certainly does not replace God’s favor; yet a lot of people crave accolades. They join exclusive clubs, a group of insiders separating themselves from what they perceive as outsiders. Falling prey to the illusion that the end justifies all means further cheapens the life of human beings while idolizing a selected few. However, that’s definitely not the way it goes in God’s kingdom.

Here is how God sees us, rich and poor alike: in God’s eyes we are all under-privileged, lack the full potential that eternal life can give us, are subject to mortality and caught in the net of our selfish point of view. Stuck in our own little world, we struggle to see a bigger picture as we venture out to make it in this world. Still, no fame or fortune prevents old age; no riches can buy us eternal life; and at the end of the day, we all lose out without God.

Since we all need a Savior, God worked it all out – and His salvation plan went viral with the Jews! Jesus was born a Jew, lived and ministered to people all over Israel, died and rose from a tomb outside Jerusalem, and went to Galilee, where He charged His followers with the Great Commission before returning to the Father (Matthew 28:18-20):

“Then Jesus came to them [His disciples] and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

With the Great Commission Jesus officially went international. Salvation was always meant for the entire world to share. God’s salvation is no exclusive right to be claimed. There is no privileged group God is targeting. God wants to save everyone, not just a selected few.

God wants to save us because that’s His passion. He loves everyone, and not just in a superficial way since everything we see comes from Him. Everyone is a personal creation of God. Why would He cast anybody aside? Why would He prefer one person over another or one people group over another? It does not matter where we are from, what gender we have, which age group or ethnic group we belong to – we are all human, and we equally need a Savior. This is our common denominator, and this brings all humankind together – no rationale, no political efforts, or scientific progress does that. Instead, a member of the Trinity was sent to earth to help people in every nation. His Hebrew name is יֵשׁוּעַ, which translates: “Yahweh saves”, aka Jesus. He is the greatest peace movement the world has ever seen.

“Name above all names, worthy to be praised! My heart will sing: how great is our God!” (Chris Tomlin)

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