Grace Considers Us Worthy

God’s holy and perfect nature necessitates holiness and perfection from His creation. In the Garden of Eden, those made in His image were told to eat from any tree but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) When Adam and Eve rebelled, a once holy and perfect union fractured, and death was the only proper reparation. This punishment extends to their spiritual ancestors. Death goes against the very nature of our eternal Creator, indicating we could no longer be in His presence. To dust we will return. 

The Old Testament shares of our tendency to flee from God, the sacrifices we make to repay for our sins, reunion with God, and fleeing towards our desires again. Though while we were still sinners, God’s holy and perfect nature took on human flesh to rescue us. This is the glory of grace. His teachings and miracles offer glimpses of the healing and perfection that might be ours when we follow Him. This is the message which caused crowds to gather and spurred Zacchaeus to seek out the presence of Jesus as He passed through Jericho: “He ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.”  (Luke 19:4)  

Jesus’ arrival on earth disrupted our expectations. We rightfully earned death, yet Christ surrendered Himself as our substitute. I am far from a short-statured tax collector, though I bring my own sins, doubt, and corrupted nature to the table. Like Zacchaeus, Jesus’ presence ushers in a sense of wonder in my own life. He wore our sin to the point of death so we might clothe ourselves as sons and daughters of One who is holy and perfect. Once again, eternity is within our reach. 

By Bethany Taylor

Bethany has been calling Immanuel Baptist her church home since 2014. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, she is now an obstetric nurse here in Lexington.

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