This is a guest post written by my incredible wife, Courtney Foster. You can connect with her on Twitter.
On Sunday as we celebrated Easter, we completed our series on Grace.
My husband described what grace means to him by saying, “Grace gives my life meaning and direction, and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”
Because Jesus took our punishment, God sees us through the lens of His righteousness. That is grace!
- This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:22-24 NIV)
But that isn’t all.
He didn’t just take our death sentence upon Himself, He overcame it completely it by rising up from the dead.
- He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. (1 Corinthians 15:4-6 The Message)
We gave Him the grave, and He gave us grace.
- so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21 NIV)
Click here to check out week 3 of “Grace” in its entirety.