For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Do we really understand the amazing gift that we have in Jesus? We can get so familiar with the fact that Jesus took our sins away that we forget how truly awesome it really is!
How we value a gift will determine how we treat it. If I gave you a gift like a can of Coke, you would probably appreciate it but you wouldn’t cry if it got stolen or spilt. If I gave you a diamond worth ten year’s salary, you would treat it very differently than you treated that can of Coke. You would keep it close to you and guard it carefully. You would make sure that you knew where it was at all times!
Look at the story of Jesus and the woman who washed His feet in Luke 7:36-50. Jesus is invited to eat with a Pharisee (a religious person) at his home. While Jesus is there, a woman, a prostitute, comes in and pours perfume over His feet and cries, washing His feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. The Pharisee is offended and complains. Jesus replies that when He arrived, He was not given water to wash His feet (a common curtesy at the time), yet this woman came and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. The Pharisee did not value who Jesus was, the one sent by God to take away the sins of the world. The sinful woman knew that here was the one who could take away her sins. She responded this way, because she valued the gift! The Pharisee was a Bible scholar and he should have recognised Jesus from the scriptures, but he was blind.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
When Jesus died on the cross in our place, taking our sins upon Himself, he released all the blessings of God upon us and took all the curses earned by disobedience to the Law of Moses on himself. Jesus gave us access to all the blessings without getting any of the curses!
To truly appreciate what you have and what you have been saved from, go and read the blessings and curses in Deuteronomy 28.
Blessings – Deuteronomy 28:1-14
Curses – Deuteronomy 28:15-68
When we see the gift God has given us through Jesus, we can’t help but throw our hands in the air and praise Him!