Jesus: Grace and Glory


See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God like we fall short of the glory of God. Jesus lived a perfectly holy and sinless life, became for us the perfect lamb of sacrifice on the cross for us, and rose again to defeat sin and death. Jesus is our grace and glory…

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God…
Hebrews 12:14-15

Are you falling short of the grace of God?  This is an interesting command to us in Hebrews 12: see to it that no one falls short of the grace of God.  We know that each of us falls short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and so we cannot be holy before him based on our own status or achievement. 

No one is holy unless God makes them holy through Jesus.

How fitting to reflect on this truth on the day after Good Friday.  Jesus lived a perfectly holy and sinless life, became for us the perfect lamb of sacrifice on the cross for us, and rose again to defeat sin and death.  As we place our faith and trust in Jesus, we receive grace from God to become holy and righteous even though we do not deserve it.

We only fulfill the holiness of God because through Jesus, we do not fall short of the grace of God.  In fact, in Jesus, we are covered and overwhelmed by the grace of God. We could rephrase verse 15 to say, “See to it that no one falls short of Jesus.”  He is the grace of God incarnate.

Are you falling short of the grace of God today?  In other words, have you placed your faith and trust in Jesus and the sacrifice he made for you?

Or will you continue to try to measure up to the glory of God by being ‘good enough‘ with your good deeds hopefully outweighing your misdeeds?  This is a non-starter.  It’s not risky or ill-advised. It’s not a long shot that might pay off.  Trying to be good enough is a non-starter.  It will not work.

You will continue to fall short of the glory of God, because the standard of that glory is the life that Jesus lived.

And you will continue to fall short of the grace of God as long as you believe the answer is within you.  We are not capable of generating grace in our lives any more than we are capable of generating holiness.  These things are only available through and in Jesus.

Reflect on Jesus today. Consider receiving him and his sacrifice as a free gift of the love of God for you.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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