Archive for December, 2014

Radical. Grace.

A few thoughts on the incarnation – God with us –

Grace is radical.  It has to be.

Sin is a big deal.  If you don’t believe me – just read the Bible.  In it, you’ll see the “wages” of sin.

Death – physical and spiritual – death.  Page after page.

So what does God do, to deal with sin?

He enters into our humanity – we call this the incarnation – and He becomes one of us.

He hangs out with us, talks with us, eats with us, cries with us, argues with us, celebrates with us – knows us.

Then He dies for us.

Without sin.  Not one.  Absolutely pure – and He dies for us.

Radical.

Rather than destroy us, he heals us.  Rather than abandon us, he walks with us.  Rather than punish us, he redeems us.

Radical.

He calls us to Himself.  He provides our pardon.  He grants us forgiveness.  He establishes our future.  He gives us true hope.

Radical.

When we are broken, He heals us.  When we are confused, He comforts us.  When we are foolish, He correct us.

When we were sinners, He saved us.

Radical.

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Grace is radical – because it has to be.  The law cannot save us.  Religion cannot save us.  Our own goodness cannot save us.

Jesus – alone – He can save us.

We trust Him.  We love Him.  We know Him.  We worship Him.  We serve Him.

His love transforms us – and we become His voice – sharing that love with the world.

Radical.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son,

and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” – Matthew 1:21-23

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