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“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” – Jesus, John 10:18 (ESV)
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Isaiah 53:5 helps us understand that through the cross of Jesus Christ, God simultaneously displayed His love, while dealing with the problem of sin:
Mercy and judgment kissed at the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one of a kind, uniquely brought forth son, that WHOEVER believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
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What was on the mind of the disciples while Jesus poured out his heart at the Last Supper?
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When God breaks His silence, it’s because He has something HUGE to say. One of the key traits of a Christ-follower is to develop the skill of listening to God – and immediately adjusting our lives to what He says. If this is not a primary objective of your life, it’s a good indication you are not following Jesus Christ.
There was a season when God was silent for 400 years. That’s nothing to gloss over. It was between the time of Malachi* and the opening words of Jesus Christ, recorded in Mark’s Gospel. When Jesus opened His mouth, He broke God’s silence in a massively significant way. His first words tell us something significant that we should do – throughout each and every day. When we get them into our regular way of life, we begin to walk in real freedom.
Remember: following God doesn’t limit us – it sets us free. So, what were the revolutionary words that slipped from Jesus’ mouth after such a very long time of silence, and what do they mean for us today? Here they are:
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15 (ESV)
Be careful reading that verse, because you might think you understand what Jesus is saying. There are two words in this verse that have tremendous significance for the real Christ follower. These words are “repent” and “believe.” The verb tense in the Greek language that Mark used would be better translated into English as “repent and keep repenting” and “believe and keep believing.” This magnifies the significance of Jesus’ words. A richer, truer understanding of His words would read like this:
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and keep repenting, believe and keep believing in the gospel.”
Everyone who is now following Jesus had an initial moment of repentance and belief. There is an first time when a person comes to terms with Jesus being God, Savior and friend. But that is the new beginning of an entirely new life – and that life is to now be characterized by repentance and belief. Everything a Christ follower does is to be marked by a continually turn from selfishness and the pursuit of things that don’t matter, to selflessness and things that will last forever. In other words, the glory of self is something from which we need to repent not once or twice, but continually – every day – throughout every day. Everything we think, dream and do is to be marked by belief in the Son of God, Jesus, as our Master, Savior of everything. When we do this, we walk in freedom. Perpetual repentance and belief are the new traits that must mark the life of anyone who claims to be following Christ.
What about you? Are you repenting and believing throughout your day? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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*Malachi was the last Old Testament prophet of the book that bears his name. You can find it at the end of the Old Testament, right before Matthew’s Gospel.
“In order to succeed at anything, you’ve got to cut through the noise . . . if you fail in this, nothing else matters.”
IN ORDER TO SUCCEED AT ANYTHING, you’ve got to cut through the noise, chatter and distractions and get down to the meat and potatoes of life. If you fail in this, nothing else matters. Take, for instance, our understanding of “grace” and “mercy.” We often confuse these two – as if they are the same thing – but they are not. Understanding their difference – and how they are each tied to the other – will enable you cut through life’s noise and succeed as a follower of the grace and mercy Giver, Jesus Christ. After all, the whole point of being a Christian is to follow Christ, not simply know about Him, right? Talk is cheap, action is priceless. Grace and mercy are not the same. Understanding them will change how you live today for you – and every day hereafter.
Hebrews 4:14-16 will blow your mind and change your life:
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every aspect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (ESV)
If mercy and grace were the same thing, two different words would not be used.
The Greek word translated as “mercy” is “eleos” (ἔλεος). By comparison, the word translated as “grace” is “charin” (χάριν). Here is how these words differ – and how they are related: Mercy is when God withholds judgment. Grace is when God extends a gift. We need and receive both the instant we accept Christ as Savior – and we keep getting them every single moment thereafter.
By giving us mercy, God does not treat us as our sins deserve. The “white throne judgment” spoken of in Revelation 20:11-15, reserved for those who have not given their lives to Christ, is a judgment of eternal, conscious separation from God. If one’s name is not in the “book of life,” the life of separation from God experienced on earth will continue throughout eternity. The moment we give our lives to Christ, however, our name is written in that “book of life,” and we are given mercy – a permanent pardon from God from the judgment of separation we each deserve. Mercy is when God does not judge us as we deserve.
By giving us grace, God treats us as if we had done nothing wrong. It means that God gives us gifts we do not deserve.
Through faith in Christ as Savior, not only are we spared divine judgment (mercy), we also are given favored status. God’s undeserved favor, His grace, is what gives us a new, favored status as a son or daughter of God:
“What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” – Galatians 4:1-7, NIV
Being spiritually adopted by God is no small thing. It’s HUGE.
The laws of the Roman world, upon which our modern laws of adoption descend, made it so that there was no legal distinction between adopted and a naturally born children. This is why God deliberately used the elevated imagery of adoption – not as a concession, but as a means of affection, value and worth. It was, and is, the way for God to make it so that it is the next best thing to Him having you as his natural-born son or daughter. This is undeserved. This is unspeakable favor. This is grace. THIS IS AMAZING.
You have mercy and you have grace if you’ve given your life to Christ. And if you haven’t yet done this, right now is the perfect time to do it. No one who truly accepts Christ as Savior will ever live to regret it. Why postpone the grace and mercy you need, and want? Today is the day to let grace and mercy reign. Let them cut through the noise, clutter and confusion of life so that you live today in the freedom, acceptance and beauty for which you were created. Don’t let anyone tell you differently – including yourself.