“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.“ (Rev 22:21 / ESV)
We live each day by the Lord’s grace. Amen.
“Amen” is a fitting word for the end of the Bible and the end of our devotional series for 2013. “Amen--” and so may it be.
John ends the book of Revelation reaching back to a theme that stretches throughout the whole Bible: “God’s grace.” Paul instructed us that we are saved “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8). This unmerited favor comes from God’s loving and merciful nature so that despite our sin and its consequence of death, we find salvation and peace with God through the sacrifice of Jesus, His Son. Even while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
And now at the end of Revelation, after recording wave upon wave of God’s judgment poured out on the people of earth who continue in rebellion, there is still God’s grace and forgiveness for those who come through faith in Christ. What a fitting end to the Bible to be reminded of God’s grace.
Everyday we should be able to see evidence of God’s grace in our own lives. We thank Him for His provisions; we thank Him for His forgiveness; and we thank Him for His many blessings; and we thank Him for life itself.
Such unmerited favor comes only because Jesus died in our place at the cross. At the cross we come face-to-face with God’s wrath poured out on His Son. At the cross we find God’s grace poured out on us. At the cross we lose our sin and at the cross we gain eternal life and peace with God.
How fitting to end the Bible with “the grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
- How do you see God’s grace tangibly in your life?
- Why is the cross central to releasing God’s grace to mankind? (c.f. Col. 2:13-15)
- Why do you think it can be difficult for many to accept God’s grace through faith in Jesus?
About the Author
Thank you to all of you who have written devotionals over these last few years. And thank you for all of you who have read the devotionals and returned encouragement to our writers. We will continue the Journey Bible Reading program into 2014 as we read through the Psalms and Proverbs. We will, however, cease writing devotionals in 2014. “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Pastor David)