GodReflection: Breathing Grace
As late as last week I listened as a news anchor described the saga of a lady whose car was stuck in a repair shop.
After 30 days with payments on her unusable car plus an added expense of a rental vehicle she listened in frustration as the owner of Lightning Fast Auto Repair issued broken promise after broken promise, “I’ll have it ready tomorrow.”
The news anchor made the off the cuff comment, “Lightening Fast Auto Repair—you can’t make this stuff up.”
When I look at God’s story of free grace to anyone and everyone who places their trust in Jesus, I have the reaction of the news anchor, although in a positive rather than a negative light, “You can’t make this stuff up.”
Who would have ever thought grace would be God’s reaction to the man and woman’s garden debacle. They messed up the purpose of God’s creation.
Up until the serpent story, all of God’s actions were so that He might have a perfect and intimate relationship with humankind the crown jewel of His creative effort.
The man and women were made in His image so that Holy God could walk with them over the garden landscape in seamless friendship. With one wrong decision by His projected soul mates, God’s fondest desire was rejected.
Had I been in God’s place—perish the thought—I would have wiped out the entire human race a long time before Noah.
The thought would have crossed my mind about the time Adam and Eve exited the garden and when Cain killed Abel, to closed the book on the entire creation project.
But by the time of Noah it was obvious, with the exception of Noah and his family not a single person on the face of the earth wanted anything to do with God.
However, as I keep reading I perceive that the story line of The God who loves forever flows consistently chapter after chapter through each of the sixty-six books and letters in Holy Scripture.
It’s a story too good not to be true.
Forty plus authors from different times and places across more than 1500 years of history confirm and supplement the story of God’s love affair with mankind.
It is as if God can’t help Himself. He is willing to demonstrate patience beyond human comprehension. All to make possible a bridge over the impassable fissure created by Satan and the garden couple.
The bridge over the crevice was beyond the capacity of humankind to solve. God was on one side of the abyss and His fondest desire was hopelessly on the other.
At that point the story becomes too good not to be true.
God sent Jesus His own perfect and holy son to earth. The son is so closely identified with the Creator that he and God are one. To begin his mission, he must become a flesh and blood human.
As human he felt in his own flesh each pain and every need of men and women.
This perfect God and fully man freely gave himself as a saving sacrifice on a cross.
He died, was buried and cast into the abyss totally out of the presence of God during three days. He claimed all my sins as though they were his. He stood in my place. Then, he conquered death through resurrection and returned to live again.
That act built a bridge across the fissure so that I will not spend an instant away from God now or forever.
The Father wraps that gift in a sweet beautiful bloodstained grace package and gives it to me free of charge. It is God’s gift to me. It is totally and completely grace on the part of God.
It is a gift. It’s God’s grace to me. I only have to receive it.
It’s a story too good not to be true. It’s grace.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Too Good Not To Be True.