“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you
by His poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a
woman attempted to assassinate the queen.
Dressed as a male page and hidden among the gowns in the Queen’s closet,
she waited, dagger in hand, for an opportune moment when she could carry out
her plan. However, she was discovered by
royal attendants, who never allowed the Queen to lie down for the night before
guaranteeing her safety.
Exposed and now fearful for her own life, the
aggressor was brought from the shadows into the presence of the Queen. She threw herself upon the Queen for mercy,
begging her to show grace and compassion.
Coldly, Elizabeth responded, “If I show you grace, what will you do for
me?” The guilty woman responded, “Grace
that has conditions is no grace at all!”
The Queen, moved by the woman’s appeal, freed her assailant, saying,
“You are right; I pardon you by my grace.”
That is a picture of the radical grace that
God showed us when Jesus Christ pardoned us from the penalty of our sin and
saved us. Are we guilty of our sin? Yes. Is
there anything we can possibly do to earn God’s forgiveness? No. God
doesn’t just sprinkle a little grace on us, but lavishes His grace on us!
Jesus became poor so that we might become
rich in the grace of God! By grace He
saves us. By grace He strengthens
us. By grace, He daily sustains us. There are no limits to God’s radical grace!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 11/17/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under