You have heard it sung: Amazing Grace / Part One
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now, I am found, Was blind, but now I see.”
This is a song so well known, that regardless of your religious convictions, you may enjoy the tune anyway. When I was in high school I remember one student who was quite convinced that atheism was the way to go, but they still loved this song. In my opinion, if there is any song my readers are sure to have heard, it is Amazing Grace. So why not make it the first song in this new series?
As any Pastor or student of God’s word can tell you, this song is packed with spiritual relevance. So much so that I’m going to take a few devotionals to relate just a small portion of the wonderful teachings this song conveys.
So what is it about Grace that makes it so amazing? What is it about Grace that makes it so sweet to just hear the word? Well, simply put, Grace is the only reason this sinner, and any other sinner before or after my time in this world, has any hope of spending an eternity in heaven.
The Bible teaches us in Romans 3:23 that we are all sinners. In Romans 6:23 we can read that sin is what earns a man or woman death. However, that passage also teaches us that God has given us a means to receive eternal life through the death and resurrection of Christ. The passage tells us that this is a gift given by God.
To briefly establish what a gift is, here is one definition provided by Merriam-Webster.com: “Something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation.”
So what Romans 6:26 is really getting at is that eternal life is a gift given to us because Jesus gave us his righteousness, even when we have nothing that will repay to Jesus the righteousness he gives to us. What does this have to do with Grace and what makes it amazing?
Merriam-Webster.com has a few simple definitions of grace, one suggesting it is approval and the other noting that grace is giving pardon. Well Jesus’ gift to us is how he showed us his grace, pardoning our sins by sharing his righteousness even though we could not repay him.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 [NIV]
What is so amazing about grace? It saves our lives from death!!!
When a Christian stops and thinks about what God’s Grace, shown to us in Christ’s death and resurrection, really means, how can we not be amazed that we have received such a gift? When we hear someone reminding us of what God’s grace has done, how can it not bring a smile to our face?
God’s grace is amazing because it allows a sinner like me and you to take part of Jesus’ righteousness and eternal life, even though we cannot repay Jesus in any way!
This may be just the first verse of this classic hymn, but it should help us to understand who we are and who God is. Are you still looking to experience this amazing grace in your life? It’s a gift, so what is stopping you from letting God’s grace change your life?
Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!