Sin Entered The World By One BUT..

 

5th December

…For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many, But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.”

Romans 5:15b

Isn’t the word BUT such a wonderful word. In a positive context, all that can come before it, can be swept away by what precedes it. Today’s wonderful bible verse is a perfect example of this. The writer of Romans explains to us, that because of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, death and sin entered the world. BUT because of the grace of God, who sent Jesus to take the place for the punishment of our sin and the death caused by it, we are free by receiving His forgiveness. It’s like everything before the BUT is swept away by this river of grace. There is no longer any need to focus on what comes before the BUT rejoice in what happened after it. That BUT was a turning point in the history of mankind, and if you allow it, can be a turning point in your life too. Receive His forgiveness and live in the fullness of God’s grace.

Nothing You Can DO But Accept

 

4th December

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

The Gospel is simple, yet on the same hand, it is the most difficult thing. What do we mean by this? Well, the simple part is, through no endeavour of our own or good works or following a set of rules or any such like thing, we can be saved by simply believing and accepting that by God’s grace, our sins are forgiven through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and our confession and repentance of them. The hard and such difficult thing is accepting this.

As humans our natural instinct is to want to pay for something we have. We don’t go to a restaurant and expect a free meal. We want to pay for it, often out of appreciation. The same is with a piece of art or a service we may have received. Our natural reaction or expectation is that when we receive something, we feel we are obliged to either return the gift, service or item with an equal value: money or such like. Yet salvation is completely different. It is not repayable. There is no value on it. Moreover, the price has already been paid and our debt cleared by Jesus, Himself, the giver of salvation. Our only response to it, is not to try to pay for it by our good works, but simply in thanksgiving and rejoicing, receive salvation and let His salvation change us.

Friends, we can’t boast or take credit for our salvation because of the things we have done. On the contrary, we boast in what Christ has done and give Him the glory. This Christmas season, if you don’t know Jesus yet, receive His free gift of salvation. There are no strings attached, nothing is owed. Just accept, believe and receive His forgiveness and love. That is grace. That is true love. That is why we celebrate His birth.