Jesus reassures us that the grace of God is still promised.
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The Beauty in a Rainbow
I wonder if there is anything more beautiful in nature than a rainbow? For Christians, a rainbow is very beautiful. It reminds us that God is keeping his promise. The rainbow is a sign of the very first covenant in the Bible. The first promise that God made.
The God of Life
God shows himself to be the God of life. He has control over it. He can destroy it, as he did in the flood. But in his grace, mercy and love he promises to bring new life.
The rainbow serves as a reminder of the beauty of the earth after a rainstorm. But also of God’s promise never to take up the divine bow against humanity or the world ever again. It is picture of grace and faithfulness.
God’s Covenant with Humanity
Because of this promise, because of this covenant, God cannot simply sit back oblivious to the fate of humanity. Through this covenant, God is so deeply invested in the fate of his creation that he cannot help but get involved. This promises shows God as inherently self-giving. He is even willing to limit what he can do in order to remain in relationship with us. And this self-limitation, this willingness to sacrifice his divine freedom, reaches its climax in Jesus Christ.
There is no need to fear God. We have no reason to seek to control God, or to place him in box where we can understand everything about him. We find it difficult to comprehend his infinite and gratuitous love. But that’s the promise in the rainbow. We don’t have to earn his love. We don’t have to deserve our salvation. We don’t have to merit a place in his kingdom. It’s all God.
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