We live in a world of hurting people. People, like you and me, who have made bad choices and now live with the consequences — broken hearts, homes, relational scars, guilt and shame. People who long for forgiveness, a new heart, and a new start in life. People who question if these are even possible. People who need to experience from us the grace and comfort we have been shown. Today we are going to look at a few situations that show that in the person and work of Jesus Christ there is grace sufficient for all our sin and love that is amazing in its height, breadth and scope.
In, John 8:3-11, we read of the “condemned sinner.” This is the account of the woman who caught in the act of adultery. This woman stood accused and guilty in the eyes of those who brought her to Jesus. This woman was guilty but what she needed was not condemnation heaped on top of condemnation but forgiveness and newness of life that can only come through Jesus. Now here’s a question for each believer: “Are we ambassadors of Christ, sharing the forgiveness we have in Him, or are we condemners?”
The “untouchable sinner.” (Luke 7.47-50.) This is the account of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil. Sometimes attitudes are conveyed that tell people they are not worthy to be forgiven because they have done so many wrong things. This is wrong! V. 47 is huge: Jesus willingly forgives much! Followers of Christ, who have been forgiven so much, should absolutely adore the Lord, and willingly reach out to any and all around us! We need to see with heavens eyes — the Lord desires that none should perish, therefore seeing all as candidates for heaven and not pronouncing judgment upon them, sentencing them to hell.
The “I can’t believe I did that sinner.” (Jn. 18.15-18, 21-27; 21.15-19) Peter’s denial before the servant girl was a striking contradiction to his earlier boast to lay down his life for Jesus (13:37), and his show of offense in cutting off Malchus’ ear (18:10). Peter’s betrayal is reported in all four Gospels, which indicates something of the importance the Gospel writers saw in this defection of the disciples’ leader. Since all men fail, (yes even Christians stumble greatly), the record of Peter’s denials and his subsequent restoration, (cf. chap. 21) is of great comfort and encouragement.
I John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” A couple of phrases from two old hymns convey what can be found in Jesus and Him alone: “Amazing love, how can it be that Thou my God shouldst dies for me,” and out of this act, “Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that will pardon and cleanse with-in; Grace, grace, God’s grace, Grace that is greater than all our sin.” Praise the Lord, He has forgiven me.