Radical Grace

“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!