“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God.” Hebrews 12:15
Picture an ominous mountain, radiating darkness, gloom, and storm. It burns so fiercely that even if an animal touches it, immediate death follows. Words spoken from this mountain emit such terror that people beg for silence. The sight of it so terrifies, that it causes even mighty men like Moses to melt with fear and trembling. The door to mercy is marked CLOSED. And all our attempts to open it end in futility.
This is how the writer of Hebrews depicts life before grace.
Now picture another mountain: a heavenly one. The judge of all men lives here, along with thousands upon thousands of exuberant angels. It emanates light, joy, and peace. Jesus stands at the door of this mountain. Because of His sacrifice, He has the authority to arbitrate on our behalf: to become our defender, to reconcile us with pure goodness, to transform us from straggling beggars into righteous men and women. All who wash in His blood find salvation. He has turned the CLOSED sign to OPEN.
This is life after grace.
Grace brings us an earth-shattering sigh of relief. Before grace, we had no hope of changing the direction of our hell-bent souls. God’s grace saves us from the bitter roots of pride, jealousy, and negativity. It forever saves us from that mountain of doom.
Let’s not miss it.
Father, we can’t thank You enough for Your grace. Help us not to miss it. May we fully embrace the salvation You have provided. Amen.
Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. As you read his description of that great mountain of doom, consider your great escape through the grace of Christ.