Following Jesus #2

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May 10, 2011 by Chris French

   Stop # 2

      The very first stop when you decide to follow Jesus is unconditional love. Your actions don’t define you to Him. He sees you as precious because He made you in His image. The second step on our road once we decide to follow Jesus is grace.

You don’t have to read far in Scripture to find a time when man needed grace. In fact that need happened with the very first people! In Genesis 3 we find the very first sin. This sin separated Adam and Eve from God and they couldn’t do anything to repair that relationship. God extended grace to them. He gave them a way to have a relationship with Him.

Now several thousand years later we’re still in need of that grace. There’s not a thing I can do to repair my relationship with God. He has to start the process. It was He that I offended with my sin and it is He who must take the first step in repairing that relationship. I don’t have the power to fix our relationship. He freely gives us the solution, though it cost Him a great deal. The price of reconciliation was blood, not the blood of bulls and goats, but the blood of God Himself! No other sacrifice was worthy to take our sin away and bring us into a relationship with God. We come in contact with that saving blood through the waters of baptism. At that point grace is extended to us. We didn’t do anything to deserve it, in fact what I deserve is death. That’s grace! I don’t get what I deserve. I get something infinitely better! “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2.8

So grace is the second city we run into as we follow Jesus along this faith road. Here’s something for you to think about this week: What
other king would sacrifice himself so his people would be safe?

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