Grace

During the summer, I asked my youth pastor if I could speak about a topic that had been on my heart and mind for a very long time. That topic was God’s grace. It has always seemed so amazing that no matter what we do as human beings–good or bad–God never loves us less and he never ceases to forgive us.

This past Wednesday, I got to share this message. I was so excited to be able to talk about what God was speaking to me about. God’s grace truly is breathtaking!

Here is the mp3 link to me speaking:

http://thestonecrew.com/downloads/

Just click on the mp3 that mentions “grace” in the title.

True love.

Isaiah 53:3-6

“3 He [Jesus] was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!

5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”

I have read Isaiah 53 and memorized it in King James Version, quoting it over and over again. But after reading this passage in a different translation (New Living Translaton), I saw it in a whole new light. Things that I never understood about this passage have now made sense and it is so cool!

The one thing that really stands out to me in this scripture is how we as humans can often forget how sinful we are and can put God on the back-burner so easily. But the truth is, Jesus died for us when we were still in our sins and we were proud of our disobedience. When we figuratively spit in His face with our wrongdoings, He still chose to die for our sins. We didn’t deserve it, yet He loved us so much that He did it for us anyways. It is so remarkable that Jesus would do that for us- become a sacrifice for us even when we were ignorant of the fact that we needed to be saved. That is true love.