Amazing Grace

Do you like it when you receive a gift that completely bowls you over? A gift that you thought you would never get? One that overwhelms you emotionally, to the point of tears? Those are fun gifts, aren’t they?

We may think of an overwhelming gift such as a brand-new car for Christmas. Perhaps it is an expensive piece of jewelry. Maybe travel to a vacation site you have always wanted to see. Those types of gifts, for most of us, are once in a lifetime gifts.

There is another gift that is once in a lifetime but lasts an entire lifetime and beyond. It is a gift that comes from God that keeps on giving…truly! It is the gift of grace. Grace that overflows each one of us as we need and all of us at once, without ever running short.

Notice what Paul tells the church in Rome in today’s passage. He compares the original trespass, the sin of Adam, to the grace that comes through Jesus. The sin that originated from Adam is limited. It will end one day. There will come a time when there is no more sin.

On the other hand, the grace that comes through Jesus will never end. His grace is unending, lasting forever, into eternity. Not only is it unending, but it is so deep and wide that it can cover every person who ever has or ever will walk the face of this earth. It can cover every sin ever committed or will be committed, no matter how heinous it may be.

For some, that is a little frightening and may even seem to be unfair. To those lost souls who need His grace it is a welcome thought. It is not a get out of jail free card, it is far better. It doesn’t erase the repercussions in this life for bad decisions, but it does erase the eternal punishment for them. Jesus’ grace is bigger than we can imagine.

I pray we all realize God’s grace is far bigger than we can imagine. I pray we see how wonderful His gift is. I pray each one of us experience the overflowing of God’s grace in our lives. Be bowled over by God’s grace. Know that God’s grace is unending. Experience God’s amazing grace.

Romans 5:15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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