12.05.2014

Ridiculous Grace

ridiculous (slang): extremely impressive; unbelievable

Sin happens to the best of us. It shows its ugliness in our family, small circle of friends, and in the church we have it also with leaders and preachers. Of course let us not forget to turn that finger-pointing on ourselves.

We wonder if there is any way of getting up from a fall so hard that God would leave us there. Pass us by, and not give our pitiful soul another thought. Nothing could be farther from the truth of who He is. God is love. And He offers us ridiculous grace as we draw near…broken and shameful with open hands, our will surrendered, and hearts ready to receive the saving knowledge of Christ.

“But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

Jesus Christ is grace. He is a gift from God that we especially celebrate this Christmas season. It is not a gift that is deserved nor can it ever be earned. Still, He offers it wrapped with mercy to receive in our hearts.



“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9


Jesus died for us, "and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:4-6). His grace is extended to every race, color, religion, and doctrine under the sun. He died for you. He died for me. He loves us equally and unconditionally whether we are for Him or against Him. It matters not, if you believe or despise Him. If you agree with His ways or reject them. He loves us! He has always loved us, and it endures for eternity without change. His love is not persuaded by emotions or circumstances nor does it have limitations.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God loves us enough that Christ -- His only begotten Son, Jesus -- was made the propitiation for our sin. By His death on the cross He turned away the wrath of God and stood in our place. He took on the rejection and punishment we rightly deserve; whereby we have been given absolution from sin because of love demonstrated on Calvary.

John Piper writes online in Are We to Continue in Sin That Grace Might Increase? “This is extreme grace: Christ's obedience, not ours, is the ground of our justification. God reckons us righteous, and accepts us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness (Titus 3:5), but because of deeds done by Christ in righteousness.” Extreme grace as John Piper penned translates today as ridiculous grace.

What are you waiting for? Whether you are sipping on hot chocolate by the Christmas tree, in public, or in a pew at church—Jesus is holding out His hands to you. He has been longing to embrace you and pour out liquid love that fills every empty hole, mends the broken places, and heals the hurts. There is no reason to wait any longer. How many Christmases have passed? How many new years have rung in without a promise for victory ahead?

You are a sinner, and not alone “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)” Jesus is in the cleaning up and cleansing business. Let your heart be assured that He who came into the world as a babe “did not come to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)”



God is offering ridiculous grace in the first most important step of faith when you believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, with benefits to be in right standing before Him and declare victory as an overcomer. Surrender to the will of God and renounce Satan and his hold on you. Begin to disconnect yourself from the realm of darkness with an intentional effort “to resist the devil...and He will flee. (James 4:7-10)”

This Christmas become a Child of God, no longer an illegitimate son or daughter, but rather a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). Come as you are to the mercy seat of Christ, receive grace, and be saved. Let your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27), like the others before you, and those with you today accepting grace as a gift.

God’s Righteousness Through Faith
"But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." Romans 3:21-26
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