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I was reading Galatians chapter 1 last night and was reminded amazing grace of God, which is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us that Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:4). First, I am reminded that our deliverance cost Jesus his own life. Jesus was called to make a sacrifice and that sacrifice was the most significant one He could make. At a time of year when may people sacrifice or abstain from certain foods as a part of their Lenten celebration, I am reminded that no sacrifice that we make will ever compare with the sacrifice that He made.

Second, I am reminded that you and I needed to be delivered! We were held captive by something. We were slaves to sin and held captive by our own sinful desires. We were blinded by the god of this world, so that we could not see the glory of Christ and the beauty of true righteousness. Yet just as God delivered Israel from bondage in Egypt, through Lord Jesus Christ he has delivered us from the controlling influence of this evil age. At the same time, I am aware of my own tendency to be like Israel and sometimes think that returning to Egypt would be better than to continue to trust in the Lords provisions.

Finally, I am reminded that the coming of Christ was not an accident. It was not a matter of chance that Jesus was born when he was. It was not a coincidence that his life was fulfillment of Old Testament prophesies. Jesus was not merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was not the victim of fate. Rather according to the will of God, he came to earth on a mission. From birth until death, he knew a time was coming when he would lay down his life for His people, and when the time came he willingly submitted himself to punishment that we deserved.

Grace is indeed amazing!!! May we never forget.