Craving living water for your parched soul? Read on!
My sister has an incredible father-in-law. This elderly, retired pastor has no pulpit. But he continues to shepherd his flock…children and grandchildren who receive daily email reminders from grandad. Some get forwarded to me. And I wanted to share this one with you.
(Rev. Everett A. Hellmuth, Jr.)
In summer many of us like to go to the beach where we are enthralled by the waves moving in and out upon the shore. These are magic moments when the rolling waters are casting their spell. We see waves thrusting forward onto the beach until they are tumbling all over themselves and then receding back out to sea. This goes on endlessly. So from the boundless ocean we glimpse the fullness of God’s grace in Christ. The source of this grace is inexhaustible.
“In the beginning the Word existed…and the Word was God Himself. (v14) So the Word became human and lived among us. (v16) Of His bounty we have all received, grace for grace, spiritual blessing after spiritual blessing.” (John 1:1-16 Charles Williams translation 1937)
We live on the VISITED PLANET. The PRINCE OF GLORY came into this world to share the fullness of His grace. The Eternal has broken into our time. And this is no isolated action. God continues to come to His people to bestow His grace upon us. In Christ there dwelt the complete fullness of God. And from this fullness we have all received. Christ’s generosity is inexhaustible and never tires. He keeps heaping His offer of forgiveness and kindness beyond our measuring or reckoning. It is grace without end.
It is a decisive event in anyone’s life when he discovers for himself what grace really is. When you discover grace you have broken through to the living heart of Who Christ is and His message for mankind. Grace is undeserved pardon that cannot be brought or earned. It is JUST GIVEN! It is redemption in the face of hideous sin. In a world rebelling against God, God’s love goes out to a world which is hostile to Him. Under these deteriorating conditions, and while we were yet sinners Christ DIED for us. The LOVE OF GOD shown in CHRIST.