That’s Not Fair!
A man lived the life of a thief. He lied, cheated, stole and took advantage of people all his life. He did not fear God, or man. Then just a few minutes before dying for his crimes, he met Jesus. He received a free ticket to heaven and for the last two-thousand years he’s enjoyed nothing but uninterrupted bliss. His victims might be in hell, but he’s in heaven. That’s not fair!
A young boy disrespects his father, demands his inheritance, leaves home and lives a life of waste and rebellion. He lives for himself, does not care about his father’s feelings, indulging in unimaginable, despicable behavior. In the end, he loses everything. With no one else to turn to, he returns to his father in search of relief. While he is afar off, his father runs to him and embraces him. His father immediately restores him to his place in the family and gives him the right to enjoy every privilege that belongs to the rest of his children; minus none. His elder brother, the one who had remained at home and dutifully handled his responsibilities for years, complains. Why should this rebellious son be given the same privileges as he? That’s not fair!
A religious zealot persecuted early Christians with impunity. He imprisoned, tortured, and even had them killed. This man participated in the murder of a young disciple named Stephen. His name is Saul. Now, he is on his way to Damascus to round up and slaughter Christians. But he does not get to complete this mission. Jesus meets him on his way, forgives him of his sins, and entrusts him with a special revelation of the Gospel not given even to his closest disciples. Why? That’s not fair!
That’s not fair, we instinctively declare. Those wicked people should pay for their deeds. They should at least be made to suffer a little for what they did. But they don’t! Instead, God forgives and blesses them.
This is so contrary to our way of thinking that we find it hard to believe that these stories are true. Yet, they come straight from the pages of the Bible. They reveal a grace that is nothing short of amazing.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.” People who put their trust in Jesus do not get what they deserve. Instead, they get what Jesus deserves.
That’s not fair–that’s grace!