God told the story of his love through the prophet Hosea.
The Lord began to speak through Hosea. He said to him, “Go. Marry a woman who is unfaithful. Have children with her. Do this because the people of the land are like that kind of wife. They have not been faithful to me.” Hosea 1:2
God looks at us in our sin and brokenness and tells us we are worthy of love. He moves in close despite knowing he will feel the sting of betrayal when we inevitably turn our backs on him and pursue other passions. But his love is greater than our sin.
Then the LORD said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the LORD still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” Hosea 3:1
God told the story of his grace through the thief on the cross.
Jesus was crucified between two criminals. They knew they were getting what they deserved. One of the criminals mocked Jesus, the other defended him and turned in desperation to ask the unthinkable.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.Luke 23:42
A criminal crucified for his crimes asked for grace just moments before his death.
If the kingdom of God is about being good and doing right, this man didn’t stand a chance. He would not be able to say he was sorry or make restitution for the wrong he had done. He would never be a productive member of society. There was nothing he could do to help himself. There was only grace.
Jesus turned to the man, and answered.
I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise Luke 23:43
Shocking isn’t it? Scandalous to say the least.
This scandalous grace is more than an idea – it became a person. He walked among us.He turned the world upside down and offered a love we could never earn.
You don’t have to do anything to earn God’s grace. He gives it freely and all you have to do is receive it.
We will be diving deeper into this unfathomable grace during our church wide small group series Scandalous Grace. Will you join us?
Pick up supplies in the lobby during any service and start a group with your own family.
Let’s explore this scandalous grace together!