Yesterday, I wrote about Jeremiah's search through the streets of Jerusalem for one righteous man, and the difference one life could have made. Jeremiah tells us there was no one to be found who could satisfy the simple requirement of God: someone who "does justice and seeks truth". If there had been a single, solitary life of obedience, God would have pardoned, but there was none.
None was righteous, except God Himself.
Something had to be done, so God did it.
He pulled on a coat of flesh, and came down to do what no mere human could do. He bought His own pardon by the justice and truth of His Son, as He walked the streets of Jerusalem. All were pardoned because of the One.
The magnitude of His grace and mercy takes my breath away.
We serve a loving, forgiving God who went to the uttermost limit of love to save His people. To save me. To save you.
He bought my pardon, our pardon, with His own sacrifice. Put your name in that sentence and ponder the enormity of His gift today. He loves us so very much. He loves you so very much.
He purchased our forgiveness with His own blood, and, when we accept His Son, we are washed white as snow. We are purchased to live in such a way that we do justice and seek truth. In the mysterious grace of God, because of Christ's righteousness, He can use us to make a difference in the world in which we live.
If we are willing.
The hard work of righteousness has already been done by Jesus. Our part is simple surrender to His leading. He will gladly do the rest, so today, grab hold of that enormous, amazing grace. Let God work through your hands and feet to love a world that is trapped in hurt and darkness.
Because of Him, we, too, can help change a city, a nation, a world. That, dear ones, is what grace can do.
"But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 niv
Be sure to check back tomorrow. I'm writing about a big change coming up.
In case you missed yesterday's post, here's the link: The Difference One Life Can Make
Here's a link to a prayer guide for Tupelo: Tupelo: Turning Tragedy into Triumph
Here's a link to the worldwide prayer guide: The Prayer List