“But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down.” (Romans 5:20 MSG)
Blame it on the fact it was early, but the first thing that came to mind when I read this verse this morning was the rock and the scissors in the well-known Rock Paper Scissors game.
Rock always crushes scissors. Christ and His grace always wins in a fight against sin. Always.
Scissors cuts paper. Sin’s goal is to destroy us, to break us a part and without the Rock there is no hope for us.
Paper “covers” Rock. Okay this last comparison might be a stretch, but let’s go with it, shall we? Maybe the paper really isn’t covering the rock. Maybe that’s just what us humans like to tell ourselves sometimes. But, what if we change our perspectives? What if we took time to really look at what is going on? Perhaps we would be surprised to discover that paper isn’t covering the Rock at all…the Rock is holding the paper up. We are victorious because of the Rock on which we stand. He holds us up and on that foundation we are called to rest.
“They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer” Psalm 78:35 NIV
“Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians 2: 7-10 Message