Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Experiencing the Grace of God Through Jesus Christ

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  –John 1:16, 17 (KJV)

The law can be harsh at times.  If you don’t believe it, just see how much the fine is the next time you run a red light or fail to stop for a stop sign.  The letter of the law demands that a fine be paid, and if that requirement is not satisfied, the authorities will take matters further and demand that you are brought before a judge.  In this age of traffic cameras and speed radars I wouldn’t expect too much sympathy. 

The Scripture shows us that the letter of the law in the Old Testament could also be harsh.  God required a blood sacrifice for the atonement of sin.  One problem, however, was that the sacrifice of an animal did not completely expunge the guilt from the sinner.  Should a person sin again, and we know that is inevitable, another sacrifice had to be made.  When Jesus Christ came into the world He became the one complete sacrifice for the sins of the world.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, paid the penalty for all the sins of those who put their faith in Him.  Through Jesus the harsh requirements of the law has been satisfied.  We can now come before God and stand in His presence having been purified and forgiven.   

The Word of God states that the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through the Lord Jesus Christ.  This wonderful grace can be experienced every day as we walk with the Lord and seek His will.  Grace is not something the follower of Christ should ever take for granted.  Neither is grace a license for sinful behavior.  Romans 6:2 asks the question, “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”  Since we have died to sin and have been resurrected to new life in Christ, our desire is to serve the Lord, not our old sinful selves. 
Walking forward in the grace and power of Jesus Christ is the most liberating experience we can and will ever know.  In that walk we find spiritual strength, blessings, focus, and power for rising above our circumstances rather than living under them. 

Look to Jesus and experience the blessings of walking with Him today.

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