Grace 2019.04.14.

One word that characterizes our church? I guess that would be ‘grace’ Unmerited favor,

getting what you don’t deserve – or not getting what you would deserve – different

translations of the same concept.

“Isn’t that cheap?” is a question we sometimes hear when it comes to grace. Well, it is

correct: grace does not cost us anything. It did cost Jesus everything though, when He

through His death and resurrection won us back into God’s presence.

Talking to someone who does not yet believe this, sometimes leads to the following

question: what was this all needed? Couldn’t we just do our best, live our lives here on earth

considering the rules, being nice to one another?

The apostle Paul explains why this did not work. In the second chapter of his letter to the

church in Ephesus he shows that by nature every man is under the influence of a destructive

power. God is different. When we discover who He really is, we find His motive for Jesus

work at the cross. It was God’s desire from the start, that the relationship between Him and

us would be restored.

We see a God that is all about relationship, a God that is passionate about people and has

done everything to make that passion work in a love-relationship that does not depend on

us… that is amazing grace!

When we meditate on what Jesus has done, we help our hearts to ‘see’, to believe. Today

Paul feeds us with his words in Ephesians 2 from verse 4: But God, who is rich in mercy,

because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses,

made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up

together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…

This is where we are: by grace, through faith: made alive – saved – raised up with Him –

sitting in heavenly places – in Christ.

It is a good day!

Paul van Laar