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Crossing over the Crevasse

Several years ago, Peggy and I joined a boatload of others on a cruise through Alaska’s “inside passage.” Reaching Juneau, one of our port-of-call excursions was a helicopter ride to the top of Mendenhall glacier, where we disembarked and walked around a bit on this slowly flowing, massive river of ice. We approached a crevasse, its translucent windows of brilliant blue drawing us forward to behold its beauty. The closer we stepped, the deeper our gaze, but the deeper our gaze, the darker the chasm. Suffice it to say we staked out our own position of comfort, peering into the depths from a position of reasonable safety.

In last week’s post, we saw God’s grace manifest itself in making us righteous in His sight—guiltless and acceptable before Him. By divine initiative, “Christ . . .  suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring [us] to God,”1 and “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.”2 So, from the safety of righteousness, let us peer into another expression of God’s grace—our salvation—for being “made right” with God suggests a time when we were not right with Him at all. Truth is, we were “separated from the life of God”3 and “dead in our transgressions and sins.”4 We had no hope before Him, rather only condemnation5 for our sins and our sinful nature. Yet it was precisely into our hopelessness that He graciously intervened. Paul expounds repeatedly: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”6 God “saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.”7 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”8

Jesus once told his listeners, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”9 By grace, we are saved from the penalty of our sin, and by grace we live rightly in the presence of God. No matter how deep or how dark, the chasm of sin threatens us no longer, for we have crossed over and we are saved. Thanks be to God.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. —Romans 10:9

Father, great is the love in which You lavish Your grace upon us. Grace us to live thankfully, confidently and freely as vessels of your grace, however you lead us today. In Christ we pray. Amen.

1 1 Peter 3:18
2 Romans 3:22 NLT
3 Ephesians 4:17-19
4 Ephesians 2:1
5 Romans 5:18
6 Romans 5:8
7 Titus 3:5 NLT
8 Ephesians 2:8
9 John 5:24

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