Thursday, February 14, 2008

Amazing Grace

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8)

Dee and I recently watched the movie “Amazing Grace” which tells the story of the campaign against the slave trade in Britain in the 18th century, led by abolitionist William Wilberforce.

Many are familiar with the song, and now the movie, but the one thing I’ll carry with me the most was a quote in the movie made by John Newton: “Though I have lost my memory, two things I know. I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” In twenty one words, it sums up the incomparable gift of God’s amazing grace. It demonstrates the humility of a man who has come to acknowledge that he cannot stand before a perfect God on his own merits, and the serenity of a man who has firmly placed his trust in the only one who can – Jesus Christ.

Through the trials of each day, it is easy to forget that the battle has already been won by the blood Christ shed on the cross. There is no sin that escapes the vast reach of the Savior, only those souls who are unwilling to accept His sacrifice.