Swept Up by Grace
The truth about getting what you deserve.
By Randy Brewer
People love to point fingers at others and at themselves.
Of course, it’s the nature of the dark spirits of the universe to stir up blame. The Bible describes Satan as, “… the accuser of our brethren… he who accuses them before our God day and night” (Rev 12:10). Accusation goes hand-in-glove with condemnation.
But when Jesus healed the blind man—who the disciples believed was blind because he or his parents had sinned—he condemned false condemnation (John 9:1-11). The finger of shame and guilt no longer pointed. Like every human being, the parents and the blind man both sinned. We all do. But Jesus couldn’t see the sin. He only could see his redemption of it.
Isn’t that one of the hallmarks of grace? It’s a surprise. It’s unexpected. It doesn’t connect the dots of our failures and chart a course to hopeless guilt. As only God can, he recognizes our shortcomings, but also sets us free because that debt has been paid through the blood of Christ. Like the blind man whose sight was restored, we who are swept up in the goodness of grace suddenly grasp what God has been seeing all along: Jesus’ humility poured out for the world for God’s good purpose.
People often express, “He’s finally getting what he deserved. I hope he learns from this.” A legalistic mindset focuses entirely on cause-effect. You break the law; you pay the price. But the grace mindset opens another dimension. You break the law; he pays the price; and your eyes are forever opened to a new understanding of truth. You develop a humility of spirit, an empathy for others, and an abounding love. In God’s economy, the riches that come from grace are something much richer. Like the blind man, our response is utter humility and unending joy.