Friday, March 11, 2011

In A Word: Mercy

None of us deserve to be let off the hook for our sins, yet that's exactly what our Heavenly Father has done for each of us through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. He gave us mercy and He continues to pour out that mercy upon each of us on a daily basis. How? His mercy comes in many different forms.

Mercy is the police officer letting us off with a warning even though we deserve to be fined or even taken in for our careless driving. Mercy is the bank covering a host of bounced checks and not charging our account over the limit fees despite the fact that it was our fault the account was overdrawn. Mercy is the doctor's office allowing us to keep our place in line to be seen next even though we were more than 10 minutes late and we forgot our health insurance card at home. Mercy is not getting the punishment that we deserve.

Every day we find ourselves in sticky situations of our very own (sometimes willful) doings. We know the punishment that is coming and we hold our breath in dread praying that it will be delivered quickly and painlessly. Just when our anxious nerves can take no more, we find ourselves being given a pardon instead of a punishment. We breathe a sigh of relief, confess and give thanks, and then we're on our way again.

We are grateful for the withholding of punishment, but do we realize the extent to which mercy has been given? Do we stop to think that even though we were pardoned, the punishment must still be carried out? The debt, although no longer ours, must still be paid. We're out of the woods because 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ agreed to carry out His Father's will and bear the punishment and pay the debt. He who knew no sin became sin. He who deserved no evil took upon his shoulders the very evil (sin) of each and everyone us of us; of the entire world (past, present, and future). He died an excruciating death on the cross. He experienced hell and laid dead in a tomb for three days before rising again. He was the perfect sacrifice. The perfect offering.

"Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow." We owe our life to Him because of His grace and mercy; because of His crucifixion and resurrection. We have been given Grace (a gift of eternal life we do not deserve) and Mercy (withholding the punishment of death that we do deserve). What gifts! Everlasting life to an undeserving people free of charge! "Oh, praise the One, who paid my debt, and raised this life up from the dead."

Please join me in watching/singing the song "Jesus Paid It All" available on YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. What beautiful words to start my saturday out on ..... I do not think any human mind can fully comprehend exactly how wretched our state of existance is before JESUS cleans us up ..... GODS perfect holiness deserves all the glory we can give HIM .....yes JESUS paid it all for us !! ......Amanda have a blessed day !!