“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:4-6
During this pandemic, how much peace and grace have you experienced??
Isn’t it refreshing to know that all grace and peace come “from who is, and who was, and who is to come, from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth?” Jesus speaks into our deepest fears and doubts. He has taken on the penalty of our sin to free us from our sins by his blood. The one who experienced the depth of God’s grace and peace, Peter said, “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” This is the good news of the Gospel. Jesus did for you what you could not do for yourself. The late J.I. Packer writes, “I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, One who loves me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me or His attention distracted for me, and no moment, therefore, when His care falters.” What an incredible picture of the One who loves us and has freed us from our sins. I need this picture in my life every single day.
Pray for the movement of God’s grace to free you from the bondage of your sin. Praise Him for being the Prince of Peace in your life. Pray for more grace and peace in our community, city, and state.