Treasure God's Grace

Cathy Hurtado

"When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum.  There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.  The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.  When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”  So Jesus went with them.  He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof.  That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed.  For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”  Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well."  Luke 7:1-10

This passage is most known for the centurion’s understanding of authority and his faith to believe that all Jesus needed to do was say the word and his servant would be healed.  What struck me today is the contrast between the Jewish elders and the centurion.

The elders approach Jesus and try to convince Him of the centurion’s worthiness, his love for the Jewish nation and the fact that he built the synagogue.  The centurion, on the other hand, didn’t go to Jesus or even invite Jesus under his roof because of his unworthiness. 

The bottom line is that we are all unworthy.  Yet, in spite of our unworthiness Jesus saves us, He answers our prayers and walks with us daily, that’s grace.  As you walk through your day with Jesus, treasure God’s grace toward you.


Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Verse

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Refrain

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

Verse

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

 

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