His Final Act of Grace
Righteouness through His Grace
The word grace in the Bible has the following meaning:
Unearned, unmerited, undeserved favor or pardon.
Sometimes it seems that we don't fully understand just how much grace Jesus Christ had while He was on this earth. If we look at the Book of John 1:14 (NKJV) it states: 14 And the word was made flesh, and dwelt amoung us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Even before Jesus Christ's ministry or even before His baptism by John, Jesus was full of God's grace. And throughout the four Gospels we see the many acts of His grace demonstrated time and time again. Many of Jesus spoken words were full of grace. Each time He forgave a sin it was an act of grace. Each time He healed the sick, it was a act of grace. When He fed the 5000 with some bread and two fish, it was an act of grace. Each time He raised the dead it was an act of grace.
In each of these acts of His grace He did so not because we earned it or worked for it or because we deserved it. Jesus love us so much that He GAVE His grace to us. It was His free gift to all of us. He pardon the sins of many. He healed the sick as favor. And the list goes on and on throughout the four gospels.
In Matthew 6:33 (KJV) it states. 33 "But seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteouness; and all these things shall be added to you."
It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that we receive His righteousness. In Jesus we have seen the Kingdom of God and His righteousnees while He was on this earth. By His very acts of grace we saw what the Kingdom of God is like. This is why God sent Christ to be a man on earth.
So it is when we come to the end of His ministry on earth when we witness His Final Act of Grace, while He is dying on the cross He spoke these last few words in Luke 24:34 (NKJV) which states:
34 Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
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