Lately, I have been thinking about the grace and mercy of God. Specifically, this has been through reflecting on my own wretchness. I have often read or heard it said that the more one grows in Christ the more one is aware of their own sin and depravity. As a result, the more one clings to the grace and mercy of Christ. I think more and more I find this to be true.
The revolt and betrayal that humanity has effaced the goodness of God with is difficult to wrap your mind around. Often we read the stories of Scripture by way of a sort of mental abstraction. That is to say, we fail to put ourselves in the positions of those in Scripture. We condemn the Romans for failing to see that Jesus was King, but although the Romans may have physically put him on the cross we all have spiritually betrayed him. In a word, we all have nailed him to the cross. Yet, amazingly, in the moment of utter pain, in bearing the wrath of God for us, Jesus still offers grace and mercy as he cries to the Father to forgive us, for we know not what we do. Indeed we do not. Thank goodness someone who shows us the way. For someone who has walked the way. For someone who gives us access to this way. And for someone who offers us grace and mercy when we fall from the way. What a friend Jesus is for us sinners.
1. Jesus! What a friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
Chorus: Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Hallelujah! What a friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.
2. Jesus! What a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my strength, my victory wins.
3. Jesus! What a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my comfort, helps my soul.
4. Jesus! I do now receive Him,
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.