Devotional

“We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 15:11. 

John Newton, the man who penned Amazing Grace, said that when we get to heaven, there will be three wonders: (1) who is there (2) who is not there, and (3) the fact that I’m there. Basically John Newton was saying grace is everything for nothing to those who don’t deserve anything. And that grace came through Jesus Christ.  

God’s grace is not an abstract concept or a thing. The Bible is very clear that saving grace comes through Jesus Christ alone. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17 ESV). Acts 15:11 adds, “We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”And Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” Jesus is the only source of saving grace. “ Acts 4: 12 (ESV) says “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV). Through Jesus, “…we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16) 

It is obvious that Jesus was full of grace. You can’t read about the life of Jesus and not come to that conclusion. There are many examples of that fact in the Bible. A woman is caught in in adultery (John 8). Others wanted to stone her, but Jesus cleared her. The woman washing His feet. Others wanted to cast her out but Jesus offered entrance. The woman at the well. Others wanted to avoid her and He detoured to get to her. Peter denies Jesus 3 times but Jesus gives him a mulligan.  And the thief on the cross. Stop and think about the pain Jesus was in. Jesus is hanging there as an innocent man being asked for grace by a man who deserves what he is getting. When we are hurt it is so easy to justify hurting others. And yet in His pain, Jesus offered grace. Jesus’ entire life and ministry was marked by grace. It seems Jesus always went out of His way to give grace. No one Jesus offered grace to deserved it. He gave it anyway. This was Grace undeserved but also unreserved.  

Hebrews 2:9 says, “What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.” And Romans 5:21 says “So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you become aware of the grace that God has shown you? 
  2. How is that grace of Jesus Christ manifested in your life today?