Way Beyond Fair

The Message of the Cross should always be seen as the central theme of the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the Risen King and His reign has transformed how we see reality.

The rules of acceptance and forgiveness for example are no longer based upon Laws and Commandments, but life in the Spirit (Jn. 6:63). Mercy was poured out at the cross and grace is made available through the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-10).

“Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me!”

The Good News that we preach is not really about the issue of “fair-ness” at all, but fellowship in the Kingdom of God. Its a revolutionary Message that goes beyond creating equality to a more impacting truth, reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21). God is more than fair – He is loving and faithful. His grace is far more sufficient than anything we could deserve. God is generous, full of grace, full of mercy, loving us even though we don’t deserve it. While you and I were still without hope, Christ died for the ungodly, the outcast, the sinner and the broken alike (Rom. 5:8). Now He offers forgiveness to all who call upon Him.

Not Religion – Relationship:

That kind of message bothers religious folks who say that the harder you work, the more you will get. After all, “God helps those who help themselves”, right? The pathway of fairness tells us that if you behave better, you will get a better reward. Religious leaders like to hear that kind of message, because it makes it easy to motivate people to work hard, to live by the rules and to be religiously driven.

But Jesus says, “Its not the Truth!”

If you have dug a really deep pit for yourself; messed up time and time again or feel like you’ve been the worst sinner of all, you don’t have to work your way out of the pit to be saved. God simply forgives you by faith in His grace. You don’t have to deserve it – God has already made a way and simply does it. You just need to believe it and step into it – by faith. You need to trust God and take Him at His Word. Your debt can be canceled from the record - paid in full - by faith in the mercy offered in the Cross of Jesus. God’s desire is that His Children would reign in life (Rom. 5:17).

Grace - Good News for Ordinary People:

It often seems that people find this kind of news difficult to embrace. “Look, I’ve been working hard to get out of the pit,” they might say, “and I am almost out”. The question you have to ask is, “Who is saving you? Who is your hope when the problem is bigger than you or the hurt is more than you can bear?” 

You mean to tell me that people can be free - instantly, without having to do any work at all? That’s not fair!

Grace is a Gift:

No, grace is not “fair” – it is grace – it is a gift we did not deserve. God can be generous to whomever He wants to be generous, and the Good News is that He is offering His generosity to everyone (Rom. 10:13). It is fair in the sense that anyone and everyone can receive it! But this means that He forgives some people a big debt and some people a smaller debt. Its the same arrangement for all, even though we all come from a different set of circumstances.

The key is not the fairness of God, but the faithfulness of His love toward us!

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