We tend to forget that Jesus’ mission was to destroy the works of the devil. That’s why he came. See 1 John 3:8
And part of that destruction was the rescue operation of God’s people who lived in darkness and were enslaved by the devil. Jesus came in like a warrior, attacked the enemy, destroyed him, and liberated God’s people.
First, by living a perfect life of obedience to God’s laws in our place.
Second, by paying the price for our sins by dying on the cross for us.
Third, by being raised from the dead and taking us with him.
We did not merit any of this.
We are God’s choice. See Ephesians 1 & Romans 9.
It was God the Father who gave us to God the Son before the foundation of the world. It was His choice.
It was God the Son who willingly left heaven and came to earth to be our Substitute.
And it’s God the Holy Spirit who lives in us to unite us to Christ and all his benefits.
We used to live in the world, but God took us out of it and put us in His kingdom. We have a new address. We breathe a new air, live a new life, and love God out of gratitude.
We possess of dual citizenship. Heaven and earth. Blessings now, fulfillment later.
Go out and tell somebody the rescue has happened!
Talk to me.