Jesus Shows us How God Acts Towards People

From Him we learn how God acts toward people.  The hypocritical, the basically insincere, will find him cold and aloof, as they once found Jesus; but the penitent will find Him merciful; the self-condemned will find Him merciful; the self-condemned will find Him generous and kind.  To the frightened He is friendly, to the poor in spirit His is forgiving, to the ignorant, considerate, to the weak, gentle; to the stranger, hospitable.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 67

The One Who

The One who spoke the universe into existence, who reigns over the nations, who commands history, who created you and me in His own image chose to be laid in a box where animals ate grain.  The One who formed the galaxies and molded the earth suckled the breast of a thirteen year-old unwed Jewish girl in a small village of a backwater province of the Roman Empire.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 134

The Body of Evidence

Jesus came into our world as a man to embody grace.  He left us, the church, to be the body of Christ, not a flock of parakeets that repeat Christian jargon but the ongoing in-the-fresh presence of His grace.  We are the evidence that God’s grace is more than just words.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 125

How the First Adam and the Second Adam are Radically Different

Where the first Adam sought to break free of his created rank and ascend to the throne of God, the last Adam – who is God in his very nature – left his throne and descended to our misery (Philippians 2:6-10)

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 88

Sharing is Not an Option

Following Jesus means following him alone.  Fan’s don’t want to put Jesus on the throne of their hearts.  Instead they keep a couch on their hearts and, at most, give Jesus a cushion.  He’s asked to share the space.  But Jesus makes it clear to this crowd that he’s not interested in sharing your heart.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 63

The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page

Is Retaliation Ever Right?

Ultimately I am responding to Jesus, not to the person in front of me.  The person wronging me may not deserve a response to grace, but the Jesus who bled and died for me does.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 120

The Cross Should Blow Our Minds

The grace of God extended to us at the cross should blow our minds.  We “stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.”

There is no way to understand what Jesus did for you, on a heart level, and not be radically changed.  Grace changes wee-little-stingy sinners into saints of magnificent generosity.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 68

Blessed Be God for Jesus Christ

Well, when we have said all we can of the abounding sin in us – grace still more abounds in Jesus.  We cannot be so evil as he is good.  His power is a good match for our weakness.  His riches are a good match for our poverty.  His mercy is a good match for our misery.  We are vile in ourselves – but we are complete in him.  In ourselves we have cause to be abased – but in him we may rejoice. Blessed be God for Jesus Christ.

– John Newton

as quoted by – Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 173