When was the last time you gave some thought to just how amazing grace truly is? Well, I have a word of encouragement for you today that will shine light on the unbelievably amazing grace of Almighty God.
To be sure, the grace God showers on us is beyond our comprehension; no mortal man can fully understand the magnitude and majesty of God’s grace. The unbeliever knows nothing of this grace, even though God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). Unbelievers certainly benefit from what we call God’s common grace, but they are entirely unaware of it, because Satan, called “the god of this age” by sacred Scripture, “has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). It is only the child of God who is able to peer behind the veil and catch a glimpse of God’s amazing grace.
To begin to unpack this, let’s see what grace is not.
Grace is not justice – Why? Because God’s grace goes far beyond what would be considered “fair.”
Grace is not love – Why? Because there is love in grace, but not all love has grace in it.
The amazing grace that our God extends to us is His unmerited, unearned favor, which is freely extended to those who are only worthy of His disfavor. God’s amazing grace is a gift of everything that is good given to those who deserve to receive everything bad. God’s grace gives life to those who are dead. God’s grace gives love to those who are unlovely and unlovable. And know this: we will never rightly appreciate this amazing grace until we fully understand our need for it—not just daily, but moment by moment.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Can you think of anything more amazing than that? Jesus did not die for those who loved Him, served Him, and were His friends. He died for His enemies (Colossians 1:21). Jesus died for you and me while we were still dead in our sins. Our natural, sinful, unsaved nature hated Him. When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, they broke fellowship with God and were at enmity with Him. And every child of Adam and Eve lives in this condition of broken fellowship with God until Jesus shows up.
So . . . have you experienced God’s amazing grace? Have you received God’s unmerited and unearned favor, the grace that raises you from death to life? Think about it this way as you go throughout your day: the Lord Jesus Christ took your place on a wooden cross and died the death you should have died so you could spend eternity with Him. He took your scourging. He took your nails. He took your crown of thorns. He then took the wrath and judgment of Almighty God to pay the penalty of your sins. Can you think of anything more amazing than that?
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me . . . and you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!