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June 29, 2020

Just Mercy

“...being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;” (Romans 3:24)

I recently sat down alone and watched the movie Just Mercy. I wanted to be alone because I wanted to fully focus on the story and let it impact me. The main character in the movie had been declared guilty for something he did not do. Along with the beautiful messaging about equality (I am trying hard not to spoil any of the movie for you), it made me think about the terms “justice” and (even more so) “justification.”

Because of our sin condition we absolutely are guilty in our standing before God according to Romans 3:23 that states “all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are guilty and not able to change that, but God declared us not guilty because He did something that we could not do. He transferred righteousness to our account.

Justification happens in an instant and it is where He pronounces all of our sin forgiven, declares us as righteous, and therefore sees the righteousness of Christ in us. This is in response to our faith, not by any works on our part. There is nothing we can do to earn or deserve this standing. Verse 24 tells us that this comes to us as a gift, by His grace, and through His redemptive work on the cross. Not because we are good, but because He is good.

Grace is when we are given unmerited favor and mercy is when He withholds from us condemnation we deserve. Justification is a paragon of both grace and mercy, and should spur us on to live differently in light of what we are given, and also, what we are rescued from.

Question: How can this truth spur you to live differently today because you have been loved much?

Challenge: Spend some time this week to dive into the word justification to see what else you can uncover.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for this gift that comes from Your grace through Your redemptive work on the cross for me.

Mason Randall, Chapel Leader -- Texas Rangers

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