Death ruled from the time of Adam to the time of Moses. Death ruled even over those who did not sin as Adam did. He broke God’s command. But he also became a pattern of the One who was going to come.
God’s gift is different from Adam’s sin. Many people died because of the sin of that one man. But it was even more sure that God’s grace would also come through one man. That man is Jesus Christ. God’s gift of grace was more than enough for the whole world.
I’ve found it painstakingly difficult to articulate the concept of grace. There’s an absurd kind of beauty that rests within. Absurd, because it cannot be reconciled with prevailing wisdom regarding how the world works. Beautiful, because it is the life-giving fountain that in itself is the very fabric of all we were designed for.
Christ is grace. When the Father sought to rescue humanity, he saw no other avenue than the undeserved gift of God in Man. Emmanuel—God with us.
But why? Why pay that kind of price? Why send your Heart into a world that would reject it?
Because of love.
Grace—this gift of life given to those least deserving of it—is the natural outflow of unbridled, passionate love.
Especially when the object of that love is broken, hurting, and wallowing in self-destruction.
Love for that kind of object means rescue, sacrifice, restoration.
It means grace.
It means Jesus.
This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
~1 John 4.10 (The Message)