What Is the Big Deal About Grace?

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

My mind was racing. “I have to be at work at 4:00 p.m. I had a wonderful time vacationing with my fiancé at her dad’s. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it to work on time. I wonder what Lauren in doing right now. Well, let me speed up to better my chances of getting to work on time. Oh no, the police, I better slow down. I’ll just get in front of this car and then I will reduce my speed all together to the speed limit. Oh no, I have a police officer behind me; I don’t have money to pay a fine or higher insurance prices. Dear Lord please help the officer to pass me by and not give me a ticket…”

The trooper did not pass me by. He flashed his lights at me, pulled me over and asked for my license and proof of insurance. Then he came back and instead of giving me the ticket I deserve, since I was speeding, he was graceful and handed me a warning and told me to slow down. That is what grace is all about. Just like the police officer forgave me for breaking the law, Jesus wants to cover all of us with His grace and forgive our sins as we confess them, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). We are guilty of our sins and deserve to die, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7), as we confess our sins to the LORD and receive His forgiveness. Therefore, even though we are guilty, through Jesus’ grace we receive something we do not deserve, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

 

José L. Medina Jr.