By S.C. Shaw
Disclaimer: If you don’t call Jesus your Lord, these posts aren’t for you.
Grace Most Amazing: The Cross
By Steven Shaw
I should be dead today. By the world’s standards and by God’s standards. I should be dead and in hell. Sex drugs and rock n roll was my life after high school. I won’t even tell you details because no one would like me.
In my youth, I was an immature, self-centered Christian. I made God a bigger version of myself and never read his word to bring me discernment. I did what I wanted, then went to church on Sunday, felt warm and fuzzy and went on doing what I wanted. This went on my whole life until about 10 years ago. God should have struck me down 10,000 times. (My testimony is just a few blogs down)
-But instead, there was grace. The grace of God. He kept bringing me back to himself. His patience is overwhelming. His love is enough for me to fall flat on my face in thankfulness. Why oh Lord, such love to me?
Why is the Grace of the Cross so amazing? Let’s start with the beginning.
-God creates us to love and glorify him, to care for this world under his authority. But we rebelled. We reject God as our ruler and try to rule our lives and the world, on our own. Now we are under the wrath of God. Sin has entered and controls our every thought and action.
-But God doesn’t leave us there. In fact, he gives us the rules on how to live in peace with him again (The Old Testament law). He calls us to account. But the perfect law proves we cannot do it on our own. We are unable to live up to his standards. Which is perfection.
How cruel of him right?! Create a way of life that we can’t live by? So we are all condemned? There’s no hope? No way for us to have peace with God? And He’s not changing, so what do we do?
-He sends his Son, Jesus Christ to be our propitiation. Instead of leaving us, he gets even closer. He doesn’t destroy us, he saves us. Christ turns God’s wrath away from us and on to himself. Do you ever think about that? God has saved us from himself! Perfect Jesus was obedient to the Father perfectly. God accepts Jesus’ payment in full. Now instead of punishment, we get righteousness. Instead of death, we receive life. Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!
The burden of the Old Testament fall and laws set up the cross to be the grace most amazing!
Without the cross, Christianity would be a waste of time. No hope, no salvation, no peace. The Cross brings us back into a relationship with God. Gives us hope for eternal life and give’s assurance of our life in him today.
We were dead in our sin. What do dead people do? Nothing. We were slaves to our own desires. And the world is still in that slavery. We are all cut from the same cloth. Filthy rags. The only faith you have is given to you by God through grace. The faith you have was given to you, amazing grace! We have no pride but Christ. All our hope, salvation and power come from the Spirit of God in us. If we had anything to do with these graces, then we’d having something to boast about. But we didn’t and we can’t. Now as his children, we have a job. Still not earning anything, but a response to the grace so amazing. God has done all this for you, so what can we do for him? The work and mission he’s given to us all. Go and tell everyone about this grace so amazing!
God has shown us many graces through life. Every breath we take is a grace from God. The fact that I’m not struck down dead is a grace. Creating us to love and enjoy him forever is amazing grace. The gift of his law was amazing grace. But God has done what no one could have guessed or imagined. God sends His Son to die and rise for us so that we could live out his purpose through us in Christ for his glory. Amazing Grace!
Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.