The Most Merciful Thing Ever Done (mercy that changed everything)

“God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.”
– Charles Spurgeon

'God's mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.' - Charles Spurgeon Click To Tweet

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In John 13:1-19, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples before the Last Supper—even His betrayer. What humility!

“But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!” (Luke 22:21, HCSB).

Incredible Forgiveness

I find it amazing that Jesus washed the feet of, and ate the Last Supper with, His betrayer … willingly … without malice! Yet when I think a bit more about it, didn’t He do the same for you and me?

We betrayed Him—our sin put Him on the cross. Still He forgave us. Incredible!

We betrayed Jesus—our sin put Him on the cross. Still He forgave us. Incredible! Click To Tweet

 

We deny Jesus

  • when we choose to do what He hates,
  • when we hurt those around us, in deed or word;
  • when we lust after another one or another thing;
  • when other things become more important than Him in our lives.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34, HCSB).

We know what we are doing—we know better—but still we do it. And still He forgives!

For on that cross, Jesus Christ fulfilled His new covenant, offering all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior and repent of the their sins forgiveness—life eternal with Him!

On the cross, Jesus Christ fulfilled His new covenant, offering all who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior and repent of the their sins forgiveness—life eternal with Him! Click To Tweet

In His Mercy

Our flesh still sins (albeit less as we are transformed by His grace), but in His mercy and on the cross, He washed away the filth not from our feet, as He did His disciples, but from our very being, our very souls.

Without the Lord’s sacrifice, no matter how “good” we are, no matter how many charitable acts we’d do, we’d be lost: doomed to be forever separated from our Creator.

Without the Lord's sacrifice, no matter how 'good' we are, no matter how many charitable acts we do, we'd be lost: doomed to be forever separated from our Creator. Click To Tweet

But our Savior’s blood cleansed us, making us pure and holy to enter into His Father’s presence—His Kingdom, forever. That truly is mind boggling, and the most merciful thing ever done!

It is the very thing we should be celebrating every day of the year, not only during Lent or on Easter Sunday.

Our Savior's blood cleansed us, making us pure and holy to enter into His Father's presence—His Kingdom, forever. That truly is mind boggling, and the most merciful thing ever done! Click To Tweet

“Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 145:2-3, NASB

Reflections: Two of the things I do to celebrate and glorify the Lord each day is to (1) thank Him for the day while I’m getting out of bed in the morning and (2) whenever possible, turn on worship music early in the day (often hymns streamed through Pandora). How do you (or can you) make praise and worship a daily practice in your life? 

By His grace ≈

Julie

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

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