Besides, every culture has tried to normalize sins. Different sins at different times. That was certainly the case in both the Jewish and Roman cultures of Jesus’ day.
That’s why Jesus preached a ‘yeah, but’ message too. But his message wasn’t ‘Yeah, there’s grace, but don’t forget sin.’ Jesus message was ‘Yeah, there’s sin, but grace is greater.’
In Jesus’ life and message, grace was always the final word. Often scandalously so.
Love Without ‘Buts’
No one ever preached against sin more strongly than Jesus. But sin is not where the gospel message starts or ends.
It starts with being made in God’s image, it ends with resurrection.
It starts with love, it ends with grace.
Sin is not the start or the end of the sentence. It’s the aberration in the middle.
Sin is always an incomplete statement. Grace is the period at the end of the sentence. Love is the message of the sentence.
Sin and hell are true. But they are partial truths. Grace completes the truth.
Sin and hell need a ‘yeah, but.’ Grace does not. Because grace follows the ‘yeah, but.’
The next time you hear a statement about the overwhelming power of God’s grace, let me encourage you to resist your urge to diminish it with qualifiers.
Sit on your ‘but’ and let grace stand alone.
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