THEME: GRACE OF GOD
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
-After God gave Moses the law and came down mount Sinai, he found the people worshiping a golden calf and the Lord’s anger burnt against them. Moses melted the golden calf, ground it into powder and instructed them to drink. Three thousand men fell that day. Later when the Israelites murmured and complained against the Lord, He sent snakes to bite them and many died. God then instructed Moses to raise a bronze snake which was a sign of Christ death and resurrection, and anyone who looked at it was healed. When the law of Moses brought condemnation and death, the death and resurrection of Jesus yielded forgiveness and restoration. God gave the law to reveal His standard of absolute righteousness to convict us all of our true guilt before Him, so that we would see our need for the gospel. Jesus did not come to destroy the law or the prophets but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Jesus summarized the law of Moses in the law of love. This was occasioned by the fact that no one can be justified through keeping the law but only by having faith in Jesus. When the Pharisees kept the law and disregarded the gospel of grace, Jesus called them blind guides; who can only lead people into a ditch. They did not seek the light of the gospel but bound heavy loads on the people with the law. James in James 2:10 says that, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. The law brings forth self-righteousness and those who trust in it; judges themselves as good. Jesus said that no one is good but God alone (Mark 10:18). Whoever seeks to be first by keeping the law is the least in the kingdom of God. Jesus condemned the Scribes and Pharisees for shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men and neither them will go in (Matthew 23;13). Under the law of Moses; God says that by no means shall He pass over the sins of men but shall remember them to the third and fourth generations but under grace God says He will be merciful to us and shall remember our sins no more. Under the law; God demands righteousness from sinfully bankrupt men but under grace God provides righteousness as a gift. In Romans 10:3-4 we see that, “since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes”. We are then called to dwell in love for God and for one another, and believe in His gospel by which there is grace and truth, and life in abundance.
Almighty Father, we come before You with humility in our hearts. Great is Your love; reaching to the heavens and Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Let us hear Your loving-kindness this morning; for we put our trust in You. Teach us the way in which we should walk, for to You we lift up our hearts to understanding. You are full of mercy and love, forgive us for all the sins we have committed knowingly and unknowingly. Do not withhold Your mercy from us, our families, churches and nation Lord; but grant us the grace to seek Your face always. We are nothing without You Jesus, guide us in Your truth. We boldly come to Your throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us at our time of need. Help us to love You and our neighbors as ourselves and may Your faithfulness always protect us. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; we praise You with our entire beings. Help us and all Your people to seek You and believe in the gospel of truth that many may enter through Your Door of grace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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