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Wonderful Grace of Jesus

by Charles D. Beebe

Many times it is so spiritually uplifting to either sing of just read the words to a wonderful gospel song, allowing the words to penetrate your mind, soaking up the great message expressed. One such song is "Wonderful Grace of Jesus" written by Haldor Lillenas in 1918. Certainly not a new hymn, but oh what meaning to the child of God!

"Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin; How shall my tongue describe it? Where shall His praise begin? Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free, For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me."

(Chorus) "Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus, deeper than the mighty rolling sea; Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, All sufficient grace for even me, Broader than the scope of my transgressions, Greater far than all my sin and shame, O magnify the precious name of Jesus, Praise His name!"

I like think of "grace" as the kindness of God to man. An angel said to the mother of Jesus, "...Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God," Luke 1:30. What a statement! "You have found favor with God." The word "grace" is frequently used to express the concept of kindness bestowed upon someone undeserving thereof. A common explanation would be unmerited favor of God toward man. We read in Eph. 2:8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God." We find that this child (Jesus) who came forth from the earthly womb of Mary, "...grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him." Luke 2:40.

An excellent example of unmerited grace is described in Deut. 9:5. Israel's rebellions are reviewed early in this great chapter by Moses who dissuades them from the opinion of their own righteousness. "It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob."

How truly blessed we are to be possessors of this wonderful gift, the matchless grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Undeserving, sinful upon occasion, yet the patience and love of Christ is always available.

Let us ever be desirous of sharing this great gift with others about us. The apostle Paul stated in Eph. 3:8, "To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ."

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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