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Undeserved, Unexpected Grace

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

~ LUKE 23:34

What does the thief on the cross next to Christ see? . . . He sees the God who wrote the book on grace. The God who coaxed Adam and Eve out of the bushes, murderous Moses out of the desert. The God who made a place for David, though David made a move on Bathsheba. The God who didn’t give up on Elijah, though Elijah gave up on God. This is what the thief sees.

What does he hear? He hears what fugitive Moses heard in the desert, depressed Elijah heard in the desert, adulterous David heard after Bathsheba. He hears what…

• a fickle Peter heard after the rooster crowed,

• the storm-tossed disciples heard after the wind stopped,

• the cheating woman heard after the men left,

• the oft-married Samaritan woman heard before the disciples came,

• the hardheaded and hard-hearted Saul would hear after the light shone,

• the paralytic heard when his friends lowered him through the roof,

• the blind man heard when Jesus found him on the street,

• the disciples would soon hear from Jesus on the beach early one morning.

He hears the official language of Christ: grace. Undeserved. Unexpected. Grace. Today you will be with me in paradise”

~ Luke 23:43.


Precious Savior, we are amazed at your grace. You cancel out our sins and mistakes and restore us to a right relationship with our heavenly Father. You don’t keep track of our sins. You wipe the slate clean with your mercy. Truly we are humbled by the gift of your grace. We don’t deserve it, yet you freely give it. Even when we don’t expect it, you offer it. We cannot make our hearts right. We trust you to do that for us. And we thank you for pouring your generous grace into our lives, amen.

God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

~ HEBREWS 4:16


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