Good Friday Morning,
Some around the country found out Sunday night, but most of us awoke Monday morning and started our week with devastating news. The only topic I could think of this week and the only one that makes sense right now is grace. The official verb definition is “do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one’s presence.”
As I began to think deeply about this word grace, God brought that word to life to me by somewhat making it an acronym in my mind and giving me words that tell what grace is by using the letters of the word.
Gift of God – not inherited from family or earned by actions. Must be received.
Redeeming Love – only God redeems lives
Arms of a Savior – a hug and a promise for all mankind
Christ’s Death and Resurrection – the good news; the gospel
Eternal Life – this world is not our home; we are foreigners passing through
GIFT OF GOD
Ephesians 2:8 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
1 John 3:16 – “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.”
1 John 4:10-11 – “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”
ARMS OF A SAVIOR
John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Matthew 27:27-31 – “Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.”
Luke 23:34 – “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
CHRIST’S DEATH AND RESURRECTION
Matthew 27:51 “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.”
Luke 23:44-46 – “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
John 19:30 – “It is finished. With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
Matthew 28:5-6 – “The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”
Luke 24:45-49 – Then he (Jesus) opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are my witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high’.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
1 John 5:11
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
The three songs that go perfect with the message of grace are:
Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p31gY0t4pA
Grace is a Kingdom by Matthew West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUu6ZsdVfM
Grace Wins Every Time by Matthew West: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a1WKcB7umU
Father God, thank you for the gift of salvation and eternal life. Thank you that this salvation isn’t just the gift of heaven for those who believe but your salvation that transforms our life here on earth. Thank you for your Son Jesus that made it all possible. Father we ask for more of your grace upon each of us as individuals and together as a nation. We need your grace and your presence! Please forgive us when we don’t extend love as you have so freely give to us. Father, this is spiritual warfare that we are seeing and we ask in faith for You to sleigh the giants and the enemies coming up against us. Cast out our fear, give us courage, and strengthen our faith. We ask all this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ who you gave as a ransom for us all. Amen.
Who do you need to extend grace to?