2 Samuel 14
“We all have to die—we’re like water spilled out on the ground that can’t be gathered up again. But God doesn’t take life away; instead, he makes plans so those banished from him don’t stay that way.”
This is the gospel, the good news. Those whose sin has caused them to be separated from God don’t have to stay that way. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf, we don’t have to remain in the grave.
God makes His plans so that we can be restored!
Sadly, David brought Absalom back to the city, but said, “He must not see my face.” That’s not the kind of restoration God has for us! When God restores us, we see His face! We enjoy His embrace! He surrounds us with His loving presence!
We don’t have to send someone to beg for our place to be restored. God purposed to restore us even when we were still drowning in our own depravity. We were dead in our sin, and God raised us to life!
In Colossians, we’re told “[Jesus] is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” We who believe on Him are raised from the dead first spiritually when we are saved, and then physically, upon His return. We are granted new life on this earth to live differently, to no longer be slaves to our selfish, sinful urges, but to instead be slaves to the Spirit that guides us with wisdom, discernment, holiness, and love. And we are granted new life in eternity, where we will no longer have to battle to choose whether to follow the Spirit or the flesh, as we do today.