The importance of scripture cannot be overrated. It is God’s written word, no less, in all its beauty and brokenness. It tells the story of God and God’s interaction through creation and new creation with humankind, in the mess that is. Israel fulfills its calling from God in and through Jesus.
We hide in all kinds of ways, but God pursues and overtakes us in Jesus. God became human, one of us. To restore in us the humanity God created in his image. The incarnation at its heart is God’s final word spoken to humanity, and it’s relational at its core. Forgiveness of sin in and through the death of Jesus is for reconciliation and communion in love, with God and in that, with each other.
We do well to want to live in and from that to live out this new life in and through Jesus. It is a distinct kind of life from him into which we enter by faith. One that is human at its core in the uniqueness that each of us is from God. And a redemptive life in which all the sin, failure and brokenness of our lives is somehow redeemed in and through Jesus, in and through his death and resurrection, and by the Spirit. Redeemed in the sense of not only forgiven, but somehow used for the good of others and for God’s glory. We begin to experience and live in the love of the Father. A love in which we share as family in and through Jesus, and a love which reaches out to everyone in the world.