Crazy Grace

April 12, 2010

So grace is a pretty big deal. If you think  you know everything about grace. Read Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.

This book has renewed my soul.  I don’t even know what that means. But I feel like it has.

In fact there was a part in that book that inspired me so much, that I had to blog on a random thought right now.

The book compares the story of Abraham and Issac, to God and Jesus.  You can see the parallels pretty easy.  Both only sons, both big sacrifices, so on and so forth.  But this book highlighted something new for me.

So in the story of Abraham and Issac.  It’s a little bit different. And probably more relatable because they’re human and not God.  So, the story goes, that after a really long time Abraham and his wife finally have the son they want.  Then however long after, God ask Abraham to sacrifice that new and only son Issac to God.  At this point in the story, the human in you is like what the heck God, why?

So then Abraham is obedient and takes his son to the place of the sacrifice, even ties his son up and puts him the altar and is getting the knife out.   At this point in the story, me as the human reads it and says what the heck? is this really gonna happen?  This is so unfair to make this loving man, kill the child he has waited so many years for, and now God is testing him or whatever, this is jacked.  And so Abe is just about to kill his son when God intervenes and says don’t do it.

Nuts.

Now there are plenty of explanations out there that explain this and a lot of them are great.  But we’re gonna ignore that for now.

Lets flash forward.

Now we get to the parallel story where it is God, and his son Jesus. And Jesus has to be sent to the cross for our sins.  Me as the human, says why, but at the same time says this makes sense.  I think it may be because I have heard this story so many times and I just think well this is the way it is, and that’s just how it has to be.  God has to die for us.  But not a big deal because he’s God.

But have you thought that maybe instead of just knowing that, that’s how it is, or just saying to ourselves “how curious“, that maybe we should be reacting the same when Jesus is about to be put on the cross as we did with Abraham and Issac.  That we should be saying to ourselves, that this isn’t fair, that this loving God should not have to kill His son.  That because the people He has loved forever are testing Him, and this is the only way out for the people He loves, and someone should stop this death from happening. That this is jacked. And then Jesus is murdered.

But the death happens. And the anguish in God the father happens, because for who He loves, he has to make this sacrifice.  That is how grace happens.

And I usually don’t relate to that.  I don’t feel the same injustice as I did when Issac was put up on the altar, I am not complaining quite as much when Jesus is put on the cross.  It’s messed up, but not as much as the Issac thing.

That’s what’s wrong with us.  We feel worse for Issac and Abraham, then God and Jesus right there.

Change my heart God, your Grace is crazy.  My heart is foolish.  What you did for us was hard for you. And it was my fault that you had to do it.  Thank you my King.

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One Response to “Crazy Grace”

  1. Grandmother said

    Very good, Anthony…..one chapter for your book!
    This was a type and shadow. Gen. 22:8–“God will provide HIMSELF a lamb.” The lamb died in Isaac’s place and Jesus, our Lamb, died in our place. “Grace that is greater than all our sins.”

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