“For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9, NLT).

When one reads the Old Testament, with stories of revenge, wars and mass killings, it’s tempting to believe the concept of grace didn’t exist. With few exceptions, the laws were black and white, punishment was swift and severe and no one got away with anything. In the beginning of the New Testament, it almost seems not much changed, as Jesus talked about breaking the spirit of the law and how even thinking wrong thoughts is just as bad as committing wrong acts.

But God is full of grace and grace was his plan from before the beginning of time. It wasn’t plan B. There was no back-to-the-drawing board meeting. To show humanity the only way to grace and life is through Jesus, God waited until just the right time in history to send his son to us. Through his words and actions, he let everyone know it was him and not the law that would save the world. With Jesus’ last breath, the law, sin and death all gave way to grace and his undeserved gift of life.

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