What is Grace? Is it just a little prayer that we say before we eat? Is it something that is used to excuse the fact that we have done something wrong? The answer is no. I would like to share a quote with you to help better define the meaning of the word Grace. Joseph Prince says it this way, “Grace is integral to our walk with God – for Grace is actually Jesus Christ. He is Grace personified. His Grace is evident through the work of the Gospel – for the Gospel itself is Grace.
John 1:16-18 says, We have all received one blessing after another. God’s grace is not limited. Moses gave us the law. Jesus Christ has given us grace and truth. No one has ever seen God. But God, the one and only Son, is at the Father’s side. He has shown us what God is like.
I think that if we were to do an interview with people today about what God is like, we would most likely hear them react by saying that He is an angry God. You must perform perfectly for Him so that you aren’t punished. I believe this is one of the tricks that satan tries to use to keep people from really knowing who God is. This is how he hinders them from wanting a deeper relationship with Jesus and living a life of freedom.
But, if you look in the Bible, you will see who God really is. He is not angry with us. Why? Because all of the judgment that we deserved concerning our sins was placed on Jesus when He died on the cross. When Jesus gave His life, He took on all the wrath that God would have poured out on us because of our sins upon Himself.
In Isaiah 53 it says this about Jesus, The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum. But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us. We thought he brought it on himself, that God was punishing him for his own failures. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him…Even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he would give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And that God’s plan would deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
Psalms 30:5 says His anger lasts for a moment but His favor lasts for a lifetime. Isaiah 54 says, “Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
You can rest assured that God is not angry with you. He will never be angry with you because of Jesus whose has made you right before God. When Jesus died on the cross for your sins, the last three words that He said was It Is Finished!! That means all of your sins past, present and future sins have been forgiven. How awesome is that? For example, let’s say that you had committed a crime and were taken to court. The judge gives you the verdict of not guilty. If someone were to try to take you back to court, there is a law called double jeopardy. The law of double jeopardy means that you can not be tried for the same crime again. God has given you the verdict of not guilty because, you have been made righteous through Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be afraid of Him lashing out at you in anger because, He looks at you through eyes of Mercy and through eyes of Grace.
Hebrews 4:14-16 says, Inasmuch then as we have a great High Priest Who has [already] ascended and passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith in Him]. For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
So what does that mean? It means that when you need God’s help He wants you to boldly come to His throne so that you can receive His grace and mercy. Know that God is for you and when He sees Jesus in you He wants to lavish on you His Love, His Favor and yes His Grace and Mercy!!