Jesus from A to Z
Grace is indiscriminate. All God has is available equally to all by faith. Jesus’ disciples thought they could get an edge over others and asked, “What must we do that we may work the works of God?” Jesus responded, “Believe in the one God sent”. The Philippian jailor received the same answer when he asked, “What must I do to be saved?”
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”. This is offensive to some because it seems too simple. Have you ever thought that someone, who is less holy, seems to receive more of God’s blessings than you? Remember, people don’t receive because they are worthy, but because they believe. So, believe that Jesus has provided everything you need for “life” and for “godliness”. It’s yours!
The Law of Moses made it clear that if you are guilty in one area, you are guilty in all. No cherry picking of your favourite commandments. Jesus reiterated this by reminding those who tried to achieve righteousness by law that they have to keep every “jot and tittle”. (Mt 5:18) Thank God, that old order of religious rules was finally overturned when Jesus himself fulfilled the law.
“It Is Finished” – means that every requirement, every hand writing that was against us has been nailed to the cross. All the promises of God have become “yes and amen” in Jesus Christ. This is not a joint effort, where the “yes” is in Jesus and the “amen” in us. No, “all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen to the glory of God through us” (2 Cor. 1:20). It is Jesus from “A” to “Z”.
Does Christianity have a future? It depends. Modern day Turkey was at one time the place where the Gospel flag flew the highest. Cities like Antioch, Lystra, Derbe, Smyrna and Ephesus are all in modern day Turkey. Christianity came to an end there and now we pray for open doors to bring the Gospel again to a place where it once flourished. I pray this will never happen here.
We are at a crossroads. Will the Gospel be re-introduced to our nation, or will performance based religion prevail? God will judge the secrets of all people by Jesus Christ and his Gospel (Rom. 2:16). Our destiny is tied to what we do with the Gospel.
Do we call our nation to self-righteousness or to the gift of righteousness – Jesus the righteous one?
Do we tell people to deal with their sins, or do we point them to the One who has dealt with every sin?
The Gospel of grace is the message of Jesus Christ. Some are concerned that we preach God’s grace balanced. How can you? This would mean that Jesus needs to be balanced with something or someone else. No, God’s grace encompasses everything. More grace means more Jesus!
Are you ready to give Jesus to our generation? I hope you answer is “YES”. Welcome to a world full of God’s grace. First, you discover the Gospel of Grace in your world and then take it to the whole wide world.