That’s Not Fair!

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” (Gal. 3:13)

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!

6 Comments on “That’s Not Fair!”

  1. Bishop this is an outstanding job.Without any flattering your teaching stands out and I say this unequivocally because before beginning to attend Bethel I have been member of many Presbyterian churches, Have attended Baptist, Catholic congregations and what have you.Whenever I listen to you I come to understand why many math teachers might teach the same subject but while in some classes students get bored in other classes students wouldn’t want the teacher to leave.May God continue to bless you.

  2. Wow I love it, “we get what Jesus deserves”. This same question was raised in our house fellowship a couple weeks ago. A lot of believes really have a hard time grasping this revelation. I believe when we become saved, we tend to forget that we have a past that built our future and path to salvation, and even after salvation we go through a cycle of sinning and repentance. I think it is because most time we are not openly sinning, because it happens to be more of a mind and heart issues. Which actually make it much harder for you to receive fresh revelations. I think that as believes we should celebrate the grace of God, because it is by grace in which we live! The more grace the more people we gather which create more help to gather the end time harvest. Everybody has a story that with reach another person’s. My testimony and is my strongest evangelism tool! Thanks for the word Bishop!

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