’Tis Mercy All, Immense and Free

The message of the gospel is the most awe-inspiring, pay-attention-to-this, viral news story ever released upon the planet.

Dr. McKay Caston

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“Christ died for the ungodly.” — Romans 5:6

Throughout human history, it has been expected that someone convicted of high treason against a king would suffer the consequences for their rebellion.

When we apply this principle theologically, we begin to understand that sin is nothing less than treason. Willful rebellion of the most sinister nature. Moral defiance.

It defies all reason and human comprehension to expect a king to suffer a traitor’s death sentence.

And yet that is exactly the message of the gospel.

We read of this unexpected mercy of God in passages such as Romans 5:6, where Paul writes this stunning statement: “Christ died for the ungodly.”

The ungodly?

The message of the gospel is the most awe-inspiring, pay-attention-to-this, viral news story ever released upon the planet.

That God would justify the ungodly through the self-sacrifice of crucifixion is a miracle of miracles, utterly defying human expectations. What other religion is centered on such radical grace? There isn’t one. Every other religious system known to mankind functions on a “do this to be saved from your predicament” paradigm.

It’s what provoked C.S. Lewis to respond with one word to the question, “What is so unique about Christianity?” Apart from the bodily resurrection of Christ, that one-word distinction is grace.

In the Christian message, we are not told to do but to believe.

The focus of belief is not generic or sentimental. It’s specific, substantive, and historical.

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Dr. McKay Caston

I create resources to help folks tether their lives to the cross of the risen and reigning Jesus | www.mckaycaston.com