“The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
The first time I read this verse, my attention initially was caught with the words, “the land I will show you”.
Those words speak many things. First, they speak of God’s companionship along the journey. Second, they also speak of God’s involvement in guiding Abram to the “Promised” land.
God could have simply described the location of the land by many attributes to Abram and command him to go to it. Instead, God maintained his position as the One with the “vision”. In the end, Abram had to trust the One with the vision, who is God.
Leave your nationality behind, leave your traditions behind, leave your roots behind, to go to the land that I will show you. That’s the call of the gospel. The land that God would show him, the promised land, the eternal promised land, is Christ Jesus, the son of God.
We can see the full picture of Jesus only through the gospel.
It’s impossible for Abram to withhold the full picture. This is why God would “show” him the land. It’s impossible for us to retain the full picture of what God had in stock for us. God showed us the complete picture of his love with the gospel.
“God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
We celebrate what God sees and has unveiled to us, His Son.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
God drew Abram to the land He would show him. God is drawing the world daily to Jesus, through the gospel, the revealing of His love for them.
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. ” (Titus 3:3-7)