Midweek Wake-Up, February 27th, 2019
If you were here on Sunday you heard the quote from Richard Coekin who writes: ”For God to allow someone to swap places with us is grace; for God to provide that person is amazing grace; for God to be the person who swapped places with us on the cross is grace beyond measure!” As I have been reflecting on this statement the past week, I have realized that if I don’t acknowledge the full state of affairs, this statement is robbed of the entirety of its beauty.
Unless the bad news is meaningful, the good news described in that statement is devoid of all significance, and thus loses it’s meaning. In 2nd Corinthians 15, Paul writes about the significance of the resurrection, noting that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, “our faith is futile, and we are still in our sins…..if in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Of course, resurrection occurs, because Jesus has died, and why has he died other than to forgive our sin. And why was this needed, because as Paul says in Ephesians 2, we are children of wrath, and from this we need saving.
So how does Coekin’s statement, become beautiful? By understanding the truth of Biblical conversion. That you and I are dead in our sin, deserving God’s wrath (the bad news), but grace beyond measure has occurred as God has become the person who swapped places with us (the good news)! And resting in this wonder brings us to joy and delight as we marvel at the grace that has been bestowed upon us, thus altering how we live our lives!
So this morning NSC, may you stare again at the wonder of the cross and marvel at the beauty of the gospel. And may our lives then reflect true discipleship, living out of the depth of this truth and joy!