Jesus loves me, this I know, but the Bible tells me that He loves us so. The widespread form of His love teaches something important about His heart and our need for one another.
Sin caused our separation from God. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is what addresses the chasm. Read how Paul described it to a group of believers.
21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds as expressed in your evil actions. 22 But now he has reconciled you by his physical body through his death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before him— 23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.Colossians 1:21-23
Christ offers forgiveness for the wicked thoughts and hostile actions done against His will (1:21).
- You were “alienated from God,” but Jesus has brought you back.
- You were “hostile in your minds” to the things of God, but now peace has talked sense into you.
- You expressed your rebellion through “evil actions,” but no more!
Jesus has reconciled us through His death. His death in your place means the death of the punishment you deserved.
As you study the passage above, realize that the noun is plural whenever “you” is mentioned. It is not that Christ has just saved you; he has saved you all (or y’all depending on where you’re from originally).
The plural aspect of these verses elevates us above simple individualistic understanding. Yes, Jesus has saved you, but He has also saved us. And if He has saved us, we can help one another on our journeys to staying firmly grounded in Christ.
True disciples are proven by their continued steadfastness in the gospel.
We can help one another stay grounded by reminding others about the hope found in the gospel. The strength of other believers around you can help you when you struggle.