MONDAY, JANUARY 14
“by grace you have been saved”
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV
This past Sunday, Mike covered chapters 9 & 10 in Hebrews. The center point of those chapters is how Jesus and His blood in the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant’s Tabernacle and its sacrificial system. Why did God want to demonstrate through the tabernacle and the coming of Jesus? Three main things. That our sin is worse that we think. That God is more holy than we think. And, that God’s grace is more amazing than we can imagine. Only through God’s grace are we changed and do we have hope for this life and the next.
In his book, “What’s So Amazing about Grace?”, author Philip Yancey relayed this unique story about the grace we have in Jesus. During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death.
The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked. He heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.” After some discussion, the conferees had to agree.
The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eightfold path, the Hindu doctrine of Karma, the Jewish covenant, and the Muslim code of law — each offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional. How has God’s grace changed you? How does God’s grace give you hope and encouragement going forward? Ask the Lord to help you keep your life centered on His grace and His power in your life day by day.