“What do you think of this dagger young lady?” Asked an old lady. The young girl replied, “It’s a beautiful one, and I like it so much.” The old lady explained the source of her old weapon, which to her was a nice gift, as an appreciation gift from one of the soldiers she encountered in war field. She was on the front-line in war zone in Vietnam as a nurse from the US Forces. However, during their course there, they did not only treat the US Forces but also the opponent forces. They came in hundreds from injuries and they did their level best to save lives. And that one day, there came one unto whom a grenade had blown and was badly injured and the nurses had a task to engage in. They did their level best till the man came back to normal and he handed the dagger to her as a gift. The young girl said: “the treating of those soldiers who were opponents was a good illustration of Grace.”
When the law was given, it was like a dose prescribed to the children of Israelites. It was a tutor as Paul would expound unto the Galatians. Thus, it was to guide them till the fulfilment of the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The analogy given is that the law is like a servant who watches over an heir who is a kid and in that case they are alike. But upon the maturing of the heir, he attains his full position and is no longer under the servant. Thus, the coming of Christ made us, who believe in Him, to be under Grace and Faith and not under the law.
When Christ came, He came to His own but they rejected Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. This was in the full accomplishment of His purpose of coming: saving the world. This gave the Jews and the Gentiles alike equal opportunities to approach the throne of Grace with confidence to obtain Mercy and find Grace. Just like the nurses in Vietnam, they had gone to deal with their own but they ended up dealing with all irrespective of who they were. Likewise, Christ’s coming was to His own but the big picture was the salvation of all human kind.
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.” This was meant to address the coming of Christ. And weren’t both the Gentiles and the Jews subjects of the above maladies? Yet in believing in the person of Christ, both the physical and the spiritual maladies are dealt with for it is written that “The just shall live by faith.”
And thus, the same Christ who came as a Saviour is soon coming as a king for them that believe in Him. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” You and I have an opportunity to become His sons, BUT through one way: Believing in the person of Christ Jesus. This will include the appreciation of the work He did for us on that cross at Calvary.
- Isaiah 61:1-2
- Romans 1:17
- Acts 1: 10-11
- John 1:1-14
- Luke 4:18-19