God desires to unite all people in faith. His desire is not just for those already with faith but for all people to come to know Him. In Jeremiah 31, he writes of God reuniting a people long in exile. Jeremiah includes all of the exiles – the lame, the pregnant, the elderly, the marginalized. He tells us that God will make the path straight so that all can come home.
As we fast-forward to Jesus’ time on earth, we hear the same basic message. He came to save the lost, to eat with sinners, to bring healing and wholeness to all. For Jesus, those in exile were not just the Jews, but were all who were separated from the love of God. Jesus sought to gather all of the lost sheep to the Good Shepherd.
Fast forward another 2,000 years. The call coming from God and God in Jesus is still the same: all who are weary and burdened, come and find rest. All who suffer, come and find healing. All who are broken, come and be renewed. All who have sinned, come and be cleansed. He calls all of us. His call will continue on and on and on because His love never ends. Thanks be to God.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 31: 7-14