Ok so since Easter is Sunday, me and my sisters watched The Passion Of The Christ. First if you haven’t seen it, you should watch it, its good though some moments are made “too Hollywood” as my dad says. And secondly, showed me how undeserving of grace and love we are. Honestly if I was Jesus, I don’t think I would’ve went through getting beaten, getting a crown of thorns shoved in my head, or getting hung on a cross to save a whole nation of people who mocked, spit on, and tortured me. Grace and love are things we totally don’t deserve.
When it comes to grace we’ve become selfish and greedy. We are given grace on a daily basis, we are free to mess up and screw up and still go to Jesus and ask forgiveness and He forgives us with His grace. Yet, when someone messes up and asks our forgiveness we feel like we can dictate who we want to extend our grace to. Like we have the right to stand in front of someone who did the exact same thing we did and say, “no you did blank and thats too bad a sin for my grace to ever cover”. We don’t.
It reminds me of the story in Matthew 18:23-30 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold. was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.” But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.” Jesus told this story to basically say forgiveness is important.
We dictate who we show grace to yet we think at all times Jesus should show us grace, because we deserve it. But that other person who did something, that terrible something that in our brains is unforgivable, doesn’t deserve our grace or forgiveness. But news flash! We don’t deserve Jesus’ grace. None of us do! We sin daily, not one of us is perfect and can say “I don’t sin at all” because the only one who can say, “I don’t sin” is the one who is without sin. Jesus. Yes some of us “behave better” than others, but realistically I (an 18 year old girl, who goes to church every Sunday and Wednesday, doesn’t curse, smoke, or drink) am just as undeserving of Gods grace than the man who spends every Sunday in a bar, drinking until his eyes blur. We are all undeserving of grace, but this is where love comes in, we are loved enough that God has extended his grace and forgiveness to us. We have no reason to not take the love, grace and forgiveness we are shown daily and give it out.
We as Christians are called to be Christ-like, so if God is love, and Christ is God, we should be showing love, extending grace, and forgiving people who hurt, mock or hate us. I don’t care what anyone has done, nothing is too bad that you can’t forgive another person. God loves us so much even though we spend everyday mocking him, hurting him, denying him, hating him, and sinning against him. And we don’t realize how much that means, at all.
Take a second and picture this for a second:
You spend every second of your day thinking of other people, helping them, healing them, feeding them, clothing them, and loving them despite anything they’ve ever done. You go into a nation and every person in that nation lays a palm down on the ground the donkey your riding is going to walk on, and sings songs to you, and cheers for your arrival. Then not even eight days later those same people who you just spent a week healing and helping, have you standing in front of the ruler of your nation and are telling him to kill you. To hang you on a cross by putting nails in your hands and feel and leaving you there to die, after being beaten with whips and wood, and having a crown of thorns shoved into your already bruised and broken head. You know that by doing this you are going to save all of humanity if they accept the gift of salvation. Yet, do any of these people around you seem worthy? No. They just beat you, spit on you, mocked you, and are now nailing you to a cross to hang on until your death. But you still allow this to happen. Why? Because, seeing just one of your children spend the rest of their lives condemned to hell is worse than getting mocked, spit on, beaten or hanging on a cross a thousand times.
God loved you enough to do that. He sent his ONLY son to earth, to be mocked, spit on, beaten, and hung so that every single one of us had the option of choosing eternity in Heaven with Him or eternity in hell with satan. Yes it most likely broke His heart to watch Jesus go through that but He knew what was coming out of it. Out of that horrible scene, our lives have been saved if we accept it.
We should choose to live a life of love, grace and forgiveness because that is what has been given to us.
Matthew 18:21-22 - “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”.”