There’s an interesting phrase in Luke 24:21. Do read this story about the encounter between Jesus and two of his followers, after his resurrection. His followers say to him, before they understand who he is ‘we had hoped……..’.
In that small phrase, there’s a world of shattered dreams and lost hopes: a world that many of us can relate to as we look at our lives. To those who had hoped to remain in their homes, to those who had hoped to outlive their children, to those who have lost everything, the Risen Christ appears…..
Secondly, God’s people are called to live out the character of God. The Bible is full of commands to the people of God to love others (e.g., Leviticus 19:18) and most especially the most vulnerable (e.g., James 1:27). In our passage, as verse 19 puts it ‘you are to love those who are foreigners.’
In our text, the Old Testament people of God are told to do this because they had been foreigners in Egypt. In the light of the rest of Scripture (Old and new Testaments), it’s clear that New Testament followers of Jesus are to love the vulnerable, because this is what God does. Because God defends and protects the vulnerable, those who follow Him must also do so.
So, where is God?
He is in the hearts and minds, the hands and feet of those who protect and care for the most vulnerable, in the name of the crucified and risen Jesus.