God in His Faithfulness
Loyalty remains one of the most compelling and yet confusing aspects of the character of God. In a culture characterized by so many wayward desires and shifting opinions, the thought that the desires of God do not change is simply unbelievable. Amongst all the indecision that humanity experiences due to our desire for certainty and control, one of His chief desires remains establishing and maintaining relationship with us. He never averts His gaze from our faces, even when we willingly disobey, detach, and flee from His presence. This faithfulness is so contradictory to the human experience, for when we are betrayed, wronged, or put to shame, the immediate and seemingly justified response is disassociation from whomever or whatever committed such a heinous act against us. We do not have the patience nor feel the obligation to operate with that type of toxic relationship or experience in life.
And yet look at Christ.
Coated with the toxicity of our sins, covered with the iniquity of crimes he did not commit, Christ intentionally did not stray from those who would hurt, reject, and eventually execute him. Christ did not sever ties with those who would ultimately bring him nothing but heart-ache; he persevered. Following the example of faithfulness he witnessed in the example of his Father, the Husband who claimed the wayward Israel as His bride, Christ approached the cross not as a victim of unjust punishment but a victor of faithfulness. In his death on the cross, Christ chose suffering, Christ chose rejection, Christ chose death. With God's will as his purpose in life, Christ fulfilled in faithfulness that which God required of him, sacrificing himself for even those who would never follow him in obedience and faith.
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." – Romans 5:6-8