A flood of grace

I preached this morning on Luke 15:11-32, commonly known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The key point in my message was that it was the extravagant love of God, as shown through His grace that is the key message of that parable. That God’s grace is recklessly, extravagantly spent on all who seek it through His son Jesus Christ. He doesn’t just give us the exact amount of grace we need to cover the sins we have, he gives us an abundance of grace in order to overwhelm us with His love.

This lea to another thought . . .

God’s grace overwhelms us like a wave, a tsunami of love that so completely overwhelms us that we are knocked off our feet (as it were). God’s grace washes away and destroys evil. What will be left in the end, when the waves of grace recede from the earth, will be the remnant that God has called to Himself and that has responded and remained faithful to His call. (Yes, I realize grace never actually disappears, but hopefully you’ll see where I’m going).

This “wave” imagery of understanding God’s grace and movement in the world intrigues me. It makes me think of two other events recorded in Sacred Scripture: Noah and the flood (Genesis 6ff) & the Passover (Exodus 12ff)

In both stories, God completely overwhelms either the whole earth (flood) or a kingdom (Egypt). The effect of both of those events is that God wipes away evil (to varying degrees) and saves for Himself a remnant that He uses to advance His cause.

As Jesus said, “ 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (RSVCE). He is here to divide; grace divides because it is foolish to those who cannot accept it. Those who do not accept it, those who do not see it for what it is, will be swept away by that same grace. They will be swept out to sea, instead of being pulled in towards God.

Grace as demonstrated through Christ is the final outworking of God’s grace completely flooding all of the created order and to bring back to God His chosen remnant, bound to each other through Jesus Christ.

3 thoughts on “A flood of grace

  1. Maybe I’m not defining “grace” the same way you are defining it. For me (one who has grown up in the church) being told that someone has done something nice for me that I didn’t deserve just fills me with shame and guilt of not being worthy in the first place.

    However when I am made aware of my worth and am told by Jesus exactly WHY he did what he did. (To release God into the world and that I can be his instrument to carry out what his original children failed to do- put an end to all religion for all time). Then I am filled with a purpose and grace that the cliches of the traditional church can never touch.

    We are reminded of his birth (invasion of the world) at Christmas, and reminded of his love (by overcoming death) at Easter but neither of those things change a life. They only encourage trying to be worthy. However, when we are faced with his example of leaving Heaven to make himself a slave and then he teaches us that foregoing our rights as a child of God is the way for us to be like him. That (for me) is the grace. To be a partner in the giving of grace.

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