He demonstrates this by choosing the most unlikely people throughout the Holy Bible because He wants everyone to know how merciful and powerful He is. From our perspective, God’s love and mercy may seem maddening, but even hours before His crucifixion, Christ’s mercy was on full display.
Christ’s crucifixion, full of mercy and grace
In Matthew 26:21, during the last Passover, instead of admonishing his disciples for “… one of you will betray me”, speaking of Judas Iscariot, Christ sings a hymn with His disciples and institutes the Lord’s Supper.
In Matthew 26:50, at the Mount of Olives, in expectation of His betrayal and arrest, Jesus says to Judas, “FRIEND, do what you have come for.”
Wow, what mercy … could any of us hold our tongues if we knew we were to be scourged and murdered? Instead, Christ was undoubtedly grieved to tears with Judas as he fell on His face and cried out, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death … My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Can you imagine the freedom of living solely before Christ as our audience of One in His Great Mercy?
How would we live our lives if we truly understood that our purpose is to love Him and to love His reflection in our neighbors? The truth is we are chosen, loved, welcomed, counted holy and blameless because of what Christ accomplished on the cross for us. Jesus said “It is finished” (John 19:30) and He alone paid the price for us to be received by His Father in eternity.
Psalm 139 tells us that our value is not in what we can see, but rather in what He saw when He “formed our inward parts … when he wove us in our mother’s womb.”
2 Peter 3:9 tells us, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.
To live in that kind of fullness and strength, knowing that I am completely loved and embraced by God’s mercy, welcomed as I am, would have to be what it means to be “free indeed” (John 8:36).
It’s only when my soul contemplates the sheer madness of God’s mercy and grace, demonstrated on the cross, that I’m truly torn inside and grieved as one who has lost her great love. Truly, humility of the soul is where we begin to glimpse eternity, is it not?
Your Identity in Christ
Do you know how special you are in God’s eyes? If you don’t, that’s why you’re still trying to fit in with the world. Here’s what the Bible says about YOU once you have a new identity in Christ:
- – You are His own special possession. (1 Peter 2:9, Deuteronomy 14:2)
- – You are chosen, handpicked by the God who created the universe. (1 Peter 2:9, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:3-4)
- – You are treasured. (Deuteronomy 7:6 14:2, 26:18)
- – You are irreplaceable. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
- – You are loved beyond compare. (1 John 4:19, 4:10, 3:16, Romans 5:8, 8:35-39)
- – You are worth dying for. (1 John 3:16, Romans 5:7-9)
- – You are forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1, 33-39)
- – You are His child. (1 John 3:1, Galatians 3:26)
- – You are secured for all eternity. (2 Corinthians 1:22, John 10:28-29)
- – You are set free. (Romans 6:18, Galatians 5:1)
- – You are precious to Him. (Isaiah 43:4)
- – You are set apart. (John 15:16, 19, I Peter 2:9)