Growing up I always thought that the good news, or gospel message, was that through the blood of Jesus I was saved from hell. While the reality of salvation from hell is good news, I have learned that this is only the starting point. You see, we serve a pro nobis (for us) God. God does not just look down on earth and say well, I guess I have to send my son to save humanity. NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST. God, from before creation to the end of time, is for us! God is actively seeking a relationship with every single human. PRO NOBIS! The reality of a God that is for us unveils a richer message. God not only wants to save us from hell, but save us to the uttermost. God yearns to transform us into His image so that we are truly free, liberated from the bonds of sin and the burdens of the world. Too often we get stuck on John 3:16 and do not see the beauty of the entire story. Here are the verses that follow John 3:16:
Jesus came to give us life! God loved us so much that He wanted to give us life!!! So what is this life? In John 10:10 Jesus declares that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” This eternal life is not just for the future, it is for the here and now. Jesus does not merely want to save us from our sins, but rather longs to give us ABUNDANT and OVERFLOWING life. WOW! Now that is GREAT news. So what if we view sin through this lens? I often look at the Bible and say well, I can’t gossip, steal, lie, dress inappropriately etc. It is high time we re-frame our understanding of sin. What if God is saying Erin, I love you so much that I want you to have a relationship with me, and to have the overflowing and free life that comes with that. Therefore, these sins are what steal from that life and introduce darkness into the light. Lust…cheating…judgmental thoughts…envy…all chip away at the overflowing life you are meant to have. Now this approach to sin changes things. God desires holiness not because God wants to take the fun out of life, but because God wants us to have TRUE life! What great news!
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean life will be easy. Too often I hear people proclaim that if one truly knows Jesus they will have money, great friends and a cushy life. Unfortunately, a cursory view of the Bible reveals the glaring inaccuracies of the so called “prosperity gospel.” All but one of the disciples, according to church history, were killed for their message. Jesus himself warned that life is not easy, and that sacrifice is essential to being a Christian. We live in a fallen world. Evil, disorder and injustice are a part of this broken condition. BUT in light of this grave reality we still serve a PRO NOBIS God and the abundant life does not end when bad things happen, but rather it is God who carries us through. Even when we cannot see past our pain, when the burden of the world is to0 heavy to bear, God will carry us through. (Please note that God does not cause evil, but promises to carry us through it.) Therefore, even in the darkest of times we must remember that we serve a PRO NOBIS God.
That is why the Psalmist could cry out in Psalm 13:
Since Paul says it better than I ever could, I will leave you with his words. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” (Romans 8:31) PRO NOBIS!
Taken from http://undividedheartministry.blogspot.com/