Mercy

Adam, Eve, You and the Blood of Jesus

“…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

Most of the time, we tend to think only about our own sins being washed away in the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross 2,000 years ago. But his blood washed away Adam and Eve’s sin too.

In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned, they hid themselves, being ashamed of their nakedness. Remember, just a few verses before that, the Bible says that “they were both naked…and were not ashamed.” (Gen. 2:25) So how come this change? Because of sin! When they sinned, though they gained in terms of knowledge, they lost trust in the LORD. Their sin – and consequent shame – created a distance between them and God. Their former nakedness was innocent and baby-like. Their post-sin nakedness was a symbol of their sin being ‘exposed’ in front of God.

God is gracious and merciful. He did not want sin to get in the way and separate His children from Him forever. But as we saw in an earlier post, sin must be paid for – innocent blood must be shed to prevent sinners from going to hell. So God killed an innocent animal (there was no human being other than Adam and Eve at that time and they had already sinned). God used the animal’s skin to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness (exposed sins). This event foreshadowed the covering of our exposed sins by the Blood of Jesus Christ. That covering applies to you only if you have confessed Christ as Saviour. Covering implies “blotting out” of sins. So if you believe (as per John 3:16), that Jesus is the Son of God, God promises to save you and take your sins as far away from you “as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12)

Praise the LORD for this promise!

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Mercy vs Grace

Mercy and Grace are 2 sides of the same coin. Mercy is when God does not give us what we deserve, i.e. punishment for our sins against Him and others. Instead He forgives us for our sins. Grace is when He gives us what we don’t deserve, i.e. the assurance of everlasting life in heaven with Him and the strength and wisdom and the heart to pray to Him, to wait upon Him and cooperate with Him so that His plan for our life bears fruit. So actually, it’s not Mercy vs Grace, but Mercy and Grace.

The unique thing about the coin of Mercy and Grace is that it falls with both sides up, making you a winner 2 times over!

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