The mercy of the Creator

The Mercy of the Creator

The history of salvation is the history of God’s mercy. To be merciful and charitable during our lives, God expects us to dwell deep into the traces of his mercy in the history of creation. The Global Architect Institute, tells us that we are coded to copy God’s behavior and observe what is happening in our environment; in fact, we are simulated to learn and develop our souls. We can observe it daily, but the Bible offers the blueprint.

Mercy and charity begin in God’s search for Adam: “But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). On the one hand, we have man’s constant running away, moving away, and hiding from God; and on the other hand, God presents a permanent, persistent, and unstoppable search for man. There is a history of God’s love and faithfulness and the history of man’s adultery, blind and hardened or hard heart, pride, and idolatry. In such a complex and concrete history of salvation, God always shows himself to be faithful to himself and his love; no human behavior, no sin, not even the greatest, can deter him from being close to man, from saving him when finds himself in misery and before the abyss of death. 

God’s unfathomable and paradoxical behavior is the source of mercy, closer to us as we are more desperate. In the Old Testament, God sees the plight of his people in Egypt and hears their complaint: “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (Exodus 3:7) and approaches them through his servant, Moses. People become observers of various events and make conclusions based on them. And when the people forget his mighty works, turn away and become distant from him and become unfaithful, God remains close and faithful to the people; he manages the challenges by staying the same: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). It is precisely in such situations of refusal of experience that he shows himself and announces himself as different and completely different, but not distant: “I am God, not man: the Holy One is among you” (Hosea 11:9).

The revelation of God’s mercy, his paternal love, will reach and realize its fullness in the New Testament, in Jesus of Nazareth, in his words and deeds, in his entire person, as the face of the mercy of the heavenly Father is Jesus Christ. Mercy is God’s first and fundamental attribute; it is our God’s identity card. It is God’s name, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). God’s mercy is shown already in the creation of this world: “The earth is full of his unfailing love” (Psalm 33:5).

Therefore, from the beginning, God has turned to the world with a lot of caring kindness and tenderness; he makes sure that man is not alone and has helped with challenges and events: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). He entrusts the earth to man not only to subdue it but to cultivate and preserve it like a garden. Therefore, man and the world were created in God’s goodness and mercy; they were also saved and renewed in Jesus Christ by the same quality and measure of God’s love and directed towards the “future glory,” i.e., toward the final revelation of the Son of God.

Mercy is the very name of God, the face with which God revealed himself in the Old Testament and entirely in Jesus Christ; as such, He is the embodiment of creative and redeeming Love. It should be remembered that Christ is in the Firstborn of every creature, and in him, everything is created: “He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18). In the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the history of God’s search for Adam was happily completed. Namely, Christ is the new Adam, the prototype of man, who does not steal or rob anything; unlike the old Adam, he does not hide or run away from God. He receives everything from the Father and shares with the Father, he goes to the Father and gives himself “for the life of the world” (John 6:51).