"Grace Destroys the power of sin"
The record of human history can be viewed as the story of conflict between the power of sin and the power of God's grace. God graciously begins by planting a garden and placing two people, Adam and Eve, there. Through their deliberate disobedience, evil invades and corrupts their incomparable place of blessing, forcing them far from the place of God's presence. God's grace responds by promising to ultimately destroy the power of evil. Sin retaliates by bringing violence and bloodshed into the world and multiplying it throughout every generation. God's grace offers a childless couple a baby. Sin enslaves the children of Abraham in Egypt. Grace delivers them through the Red Sea. On and on the story continues. Sin and grace wrestle to see which side will have the upper hand. But little by little, it becomes clear that grace is consolidating its position, and is preparing to land it's decicise & crushing blow.
Grace in the person of Jesus Christ, takes on human flesh. Sin lashes out, trying to kill the child. Grace finds a safe place for him in Egypt. Sin tempts Jesus. Grace defeats temptation. The blind see. The lame walk. Demons lose their power & cower in fear.
Sin musters its strength for one final battle, but grace wins in the most unbelievable & astonishing reversals in all of human history.
Jesus is only one over whom sin has no power and over whom death has not hold. Only he is able to release those held hostage to the sinister & all consuming power off sin which Adam allowed entrance into our world. Only he can provide freedom from the shackles of selfishness and victimization that entrap us. Only he can provide the peace we long for. This peace is made available to any one who would submit to his loving lordship. Submit your heart to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords today.
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
"So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths."
"For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:17)