The single most important thing in the Bible is the concept of grace. Yet, as Christians, whether we are new, not so new, or old, we all struggle with grasping the meaning of grace. Even though we may know the definition – “the free, unmerited favor of God” – our understanding of grace is still nebulous.
What is God’s grace really? Where does grace come from? And how do we actually experience this unmerited favor, this generosity of God?
We can begin to get an accurate picture of God’s grace when we study the life and teaching of Jesus.
In the Bible, Jesus is described as “the Word that “became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
Then in Luke 15, Jesus explains what the heart of the Father is like. In a series of three stories, we learn that God is abundant in grace and goodness and longs for the joy and happiness for His children.
Nowhere in Scripture is God’s grace more perfectly illustrated than here. In fact, this is the only time in Scripture where Jesus tells three stories in one parable. Why?
Jesus really wants us to know what God is like!
In each story, something very valuable is lost and something valuable is found. And in each story, there is a celebration with great excitement and a joy. In the first part of the parable, Jesus tells a story about a shepherd who lost one of his 100 sheep in the wilderness. The second story he tells is about a woman who lost one of her 10 coins in her house that was worth a day’s wages. And the third is about a father who has lost the younger of his two sons.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He’s the former president of Walk Thru the Bible, and the author of many books, including The Real Heaven. For more information on Chip, visit www.livingontheedge.org.