“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18-19
The law that was given to Moses, with all its sacrificing and rituals was a foreshadowing of the coming grace of Christ Jesus. A sinner can only receive grace when He receives Jesus! Why? Let us look at John 1: 15-17 “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” We think that grace and mercy are the same thing but in fact they are not the same. Grace is a gift from God that can be rejected. Psalm 118:22: “The stone that the builders rejected is the one that has become the chief cornerstone.”. Ephesians 2:19, 20: “You are fellow citizens with the saints and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”.
Jesus Christ is God’s grace, the pure definition of what Grace is; unconditional love given freely to all even though we do not deserve it ever. We will never deserve God’s grace, there is nothing we can say or do to change that fact. I know of a couple of preachers who have got a hold of this truth and made it their mission to proclaim God’s grace and tell the world about it. The most surprising thing is that Christians – born again believers’ who accepted God’s grace have condemned them for it! That I will never understand. We are able to receive Jesus as our Savior but somehow, grace is not enough to live by, we must live by the law, when it was God’s grace that saved us? To me that sounds like heresy. Matthew 5:17,18 says “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of what the prophets spoke about in the Old Testament, so he fulfilled the prophecy and there was no longer any need for sacrifices because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for all sin.
Now we as Christ lovers are to show that grace that Jesus showed to us to others. How? We are not Jesus and we can’t “save” anyone? Well, by not hiding our light. Matthew 5:14 says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” So, do we speak up to proclaim Jesus at every opportunity that is given to us? Do we deny Jesus and His power because we are afraid of what people may think of us? Are we caught up in sin that our light is so dimmed that no one can see us as Christ lovers? Do we or even can we explain our light to others, through the study of the scriptures? Do we heed the needs of others and are we willing to sacrifice to meet those needs? Are we known as grace givers? There is a song I learned as a child This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine! I challenge you today to let that little light shine today in same way. Be a grace giver that someone else will want to emulate!