Jesus is Lord and Saviour
God has spoken! Now we may know that as well as creating all things and being himself the moral foundation of the universe, the eternal Son of God has gone to the limits of love, paying the awful price of sin, so that all who turn to him in repentance and faith may be freely forgiven (see Acts 13:38 & Romans 3:23, Ephesians 1:7, 2:8 -9).
– How much we need to be saved!
We stand condemned, guilty and under sentence of eternal banishment from God. That is boundless grace and love – the self-sacrificing love of God that we see focused – at the cross.
– Grace is always more than you think!
God’s grace is at the heart of the good news: Jesus’ death is God’s grace in action. Now he calls people to receive peace with God and to be justified by faith. And all freely on account of the perfect sacrifice for sins made by the Lord Jesus, God’s sinless Son, when he shed his blood, dying upon the cross.
– You are never too bad!
Oh, the joy that follows – their utter sense of amazed wonder that God would welcome and freely forgive, even THEM! Here is salvation, we see the overflowing riches of God’s grace in action! (See Ephesians 1:6 ‘glorious grace’ and 2:7 ‘the immeasurable riches of his grace’).
– No-one has reached God’s standard.
Perhaps you feel you are not that bad and hardly need a Saviour at all, compared with many. For, ‘All have sinned’!
Are you amazed that God would freely forgive all who turn to him in repentance and faith? Prove that he also is the God of grace for you – overflowing in undeserved favor, as you trust his promise in ‘the gospel of the grace of God’ (Acts 20:24)!
Religion can be negative to many, who would perceive it as moralistic, judgmental, and even condemn. In short, too many, religion has the connotation of rejection. All sinners experience brokenness, emotional pain, as well as despair and despondency. For some, they may perpetuate their sinfulness because they simply can not bring themselves to believe in an In real life, many of us tend to blend the two into one: we often associate the behavior with the person. The individual who indulges in the sinful behavior perceives our moralistic attitude or that of society, and may, therefore, become more adamant and reluctant to change for the better. It is where God’s grace comes in. Jesus is not moralistic. In the parable of the prodigal son, the father is not moralistic and judgmental, and he throws his arms around his returning son, while his other son is moralistic and self-righteous– Jesus does not approve of that moralistic attitude and behavior; on the contrary, Jesus wants us to do just the opposite. Jesus wants us to understand the true meaning of God’s grace. He wants us to know that God’s grace is God’s unconditional love with no strings attached.