Life of Jesus Christ
Surprised by Grace
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Mar 18, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


The very first lesson in history on grace was when the animal was sacrificed for Adam and Eve's covering—the innocent dying for the guilty. Thousands of years later we can comprehend and understand that it was the perfect, sinless, holy, righteous, innocent Son of God who would have His blood shed on Calvary so that whoever comes to Him in repentance and faith, believing in Him, will be saved (see Romans 10:9-11).

My Devotional

The grace of God is always mind-boggling to those who have experienced it.

We are the guilty sinners, and the innocent was slain on our behalf. When Christ was slain on the cross of Calvary, He gave all those who believe in Him, all those who follow Him, a garment of righteousness (see Galatians 3:26-27). It is that garment of righteousness that makes us acceptable to God the Father. It is not all the good works in the world, only the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to you and me.

It must have been a mind-boggling experience for Adam and Eve to witness the slaying of an innocent animal. The grace of God is always mind-boggling to those who have experienced it. Adam and Eve expected to die. Adam and Eve deserved to die, and they should have died. But because of the God of grace, instead they found life. 

Being surprised by the grace of God should be the story of everyone who has experienced the grace of God. Being continuously and constantly awed by the grace of God should be the lifestyle of every disciple of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your grace. I pray that I would be continuously awed that You sacrificed Your perfect Son so that I could have eternal life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).