The reassuring lesson is clear. God used (and uses!) people to change the world. People! Not saints or superhumans or geniuses, but people. Crooks, creeps, lovers, and liars—he uses them all. And what they may lack in perfection, God makes up for in love.
He makes up for in love. In a world of imperfection, persecution and incessant doubt, He still saves us. I read a book a while back (Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur) describing how Jesus’ closest followers were everyday people. They were Christ’s closest followers, and the foundation of the early Christian Church. And you know what? God still does that with us, today. He has rescued me from a cynical, jaded outlook. He’s replaced indifference with empathy and passion. And I know that He’s only getting started.
In the end, I think this excerpt sums it up nicely:
He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Word of Life. More than ever he is the Morning Star, the Horn of Salvation, and the Prince of Peace. But there are some hours when we are restored by remembering that God became flesh and dwelt among us. Our Master knew what it meant to be a crucified carpenter who got thirsty.