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The uniqueness of Jesus
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
May 9, 2024

Decades ago, at a European conference, scholars discussed the world’s religions, wondering if there was anything unique about the Christian faith. Was it prayer? No, almost every religion prays. An afterlife? No, most religions believe in some sort of heaven and/or hell. Doctrine? Too common. Commandments? Standard. Men in fancy hats? The norm. 

But then, according to church legend, C. S. Lewis entered the room, the Oxford professor who had converted to Christianity in his early 30s. What’s unique about the Christian faith? “That’s easy,” Lewis replied. “Grace.”

That’s true. The earliest followers of Jesus Christ were uniquely infatuated with grace. Study the loaded word grace in the New Testament and you’ll learn that grace reaches people, appears to people, and is poured out on people so that they find grace, receive grace, believe by grace, and share in grace. Christians, the Scriptures say, are people chosen by grace, called by grace, saved by grace, justified by grace, living in grace, and living under grace. Grace is with us, works in us, and sufficient for us. Grace overflows, increases, reigns, strengthens, and gives access to God. That’s why we set our hope on grace, grow in grace, and preach the glorious grace of God. In fact, the very last verse of the entire Bible says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” (Revelation 22:21).

Grace gets the last word because the Christian faith is about grace. Undeserved love. Surprising favor. I can’t imagine believing any other way. Can you?

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