5-6 “‘And where are your ancestors now? Dead and buried. And the prophets who preached to them? Also dead and buried. But the Message that my servants the prophets spoke, that isn’t dead and buried. That Message did its work on your ancestors, did it not? It woke them up and they came back, saying, ‘He did what he said he would do, sure enough. We didn’t get by with a thing.’”

“The Message… isn’t dead and buried.”

What was this message? The one that God sent to His people through the entire O.T.? “I will be your God and you will be my people. I will bless you so that you can be a blessing.”

Over and over in various ways and through various people, God’s message was the same. He promised this to Abram and each time His people turned from Him, He asked them to repent and to come back to Him.

We see it again in the N.T. through the shouts of a locust-eating prophet and in parables that Jesus told, and also through Jesus’ selfless life. He just came to gather what was lost.  God wants His people to come back, not so He can punish them, but so He can bless them.

Even today, the message isn’t dead. I hear testimony upon testimony about God wooing His people back to Him. This message is collective and yet still wildly personal. Mine is in there, with the others, proclaiming that He is good and wants us back. And when we come back…He runs, open armed to embrace us. Every. Single. Time.