In the Christian theological system, the concept of grace is the central reality we should all seek to understand if we want to make any sense of humanity’s relationship with God. The Scriptures reveal that all of mankind has fallen so terribly short of the glory of God. And, because of this fallen condition, we can see how distant we can be from God and from each other.
The world seems to be growing more chaotic, sliding farther into disarray. You just have to spend a few minutes on social media or on a news site to see what I mean. We can deny it if we want to, but we cannot escape the effects of a world filled with sinners.
In spite of this reality and into the midst of this quagmire of foolishness God sent his Son. In the person of Jesus of Nazareth, God was accomplishing his work of redemption. He was provided as the final answer to the problem that plagues the world. On the cross of Calvary and in the death God’s anointed Messiah, the ultimate reprieve was achieved.
The work of making a way to life eternal had been completed. Do we still have to wait for its consummation in our experience? Yes. But the promise of eternal fellowship with God has been guaranteed for all who will repent of their sin and entrust their lives completely to Jesus. This is the wonder of Grace. That God has not only provided a way of escape, but he is also continually offering this way the lost.
During this season of Lent, I encourage you to take some time and wonder at God’s grace again. Don’t let a day go by thinking that you understand it. It is too big, too good to say that we do.