What is the meaning behind Grace Has A Face and Hope Has A Name?
The birth of Jesus surely was a spectacular event!
God, who created all that ever was, is, and ever will be, created the first man and woman in a perfect world. The same world that we live in. There was perfect unity and harmony between God and man. The Bible says that God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve.
But God also created man with a free will - the ability to make choices. That first man, Adam, chose to disobey his Creator and trust his own way. Because of that fatal choice, sin entered the world. Pain, evil, war, sickness, and every other form of trouble, trial, and tragedy. Every human being, in every place and in every time, has been marred and scarred by sin. Adam's sin was passed down to you and I; from a young age, we have been bent on sinning - unable to change our hearts and minds.
The good news is that despite Adam's sin, God's love for him (and for all of mankind) did not change. The problem is that because God is perfectly holy, He cannot allow sin. God knew that man would never be able to pay the penalty for his sin on his own. So, before time began, He already had a plan to save His people. All throughout the Old Testament in the Bible there are countless prophecies foretelling the coming of The Messiah who would save His people from their sins and reconcile them back to God. Because man is imperfect and cannot save himself, God sent His only Son Jesus to come to earth as a human man. Yet, Jesus was also fully God; this is what the incarnation of Jesus is: God becoming man!
Jesus grew up as a boy and then started His public ministry. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, cast out demons, and even raised people from the dead! But even without doing any of that, He was still God. He didn't have to prove anything; He didn't need to perform any miracles. That's not where the story ended, however. Jesus lived a perfect life (without sin) and yet He was falsely accused and killed. Yet, that was all part of God's plan for the redemption of His people. He allowed it all to happen; Jesus went willingly to the cross. He died to take the punishment of the sins of all mankind forever and all time.
In the Bible, Jesus tells us in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." He became the second Adam. He made a way for us to once again have access to Father God. If we will accept His gift of salvation, repent of (turn away from) our sins, and put our trust in Him and His work on our behalf, He will come into our heart and make us a new creation!
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:1-9
Grace is now more than a word, Grace has a real face. Jesus took on human flesh and became a man. Jesus is the only hope of all mankind. Only through faith and trust in Him can we be saved! Hope has a name, and that name is Jesus! Praise God He is our Hope!
We hope and pray that if you have not yet put your trust in Jesus and embraced the life He has for you, that you will take time to think about all that you have just read. We pray that you might come to understand the truly incredible gift of salvation that we have through Jesus Christ - if we will just accept it and look to Him!
For those who do have a personal relationship with Jesus, may you be encouraged this season and come to understand in a deeper way than ever before the never-ending, unconditional love of our heavenly Father! May His life radiate through you!
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