One of, if not the most, famous Christian hymns is “Amazing Grace”.
The song was written by John Newton, a man whose life to a point was fairly, let’s just say, less than honorable. In the mid-1700’s, he was involved in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Many atrocities were committed during that time. Let’s look at the first verse of this hymn:
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see.”
How was he able to pen lyrics as powerful as those with a conviction, knowing his life, about this grace? What about grace is so amazing?
It seems, in many circles, grace has become a hot topic. I hear it in conversations, I hear it more and more on Christian radio and television. Why all the fuss?
Maybe, like John Newton, more people are beginning to see how amazing this grace truly is. For one, it is the basis for the Christian believer’s salvation.
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 (Amplified bible)
God’s unmerited favor. Wow. When, on the cross, Jesus Christ had taken the beatings, the crown of thorns, the scourging, the humility, and said “it is finished”, He was saying that redemption’s price had been paid and sin’s death sentence had been served. Now for any and all that would “believe in Him”, they would be saved. God’s grace says that “no matter what you have done and what you deserve, I’m not giving you that. I gave what you deserve to my Son and am giving you pardon, salvation, favor. You can’t do enough good, you can’t earn it, I’m giving it to you as a gift for accepting the payment of My Son Jesus.”
Wow. That is amazing.
In closing, (which is Pastoral language meaning absolutely nothing with the benefit of waking up a few people from slumber), I would like to take you to one more verse of scripture that is found in the book of Titus.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” Titus 2:11-12 (New King James Version)
Not only does this grace save anyone and everyone that believes in Jesus, but it also teaches us how to live a life that pleases God. I do not know about you friend, but this guy finds that pretty amazing.
Merry Christmas everyone. Grace to all.