“Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him were four hundred men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants. And he put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children behind, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then he crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.”
Genesis 33:1-4 NKJV
There are many parts of the bible that I love to read. I would have to say that the scene in this passage is one of my favorites. Every time I read it, I am reminded of the grace of God. Jacob had wronged Esau, and he was expecting nothing short of death for he and his family. Approaching was his brother, his enemy, coming to him with four hundred men.
Fearing for his family, he went before them, bowing down seven times in the hope that any vengeance would be satsified in him. He hope the act of contrition would be enough to satisfy the sin debt that he owed Esau. He surely deserved what was coming to him.
Instead of death, he was embraced.
I see the grace of God in that scene, on so many levels, as I apply the biblical truth to my own life.
Time and time again, I have wronged God, sinned, fallen short of His glory, and did so with no seeming regard for what Jesus did for me on the cross. I seek my momentary satisfaction of my flesh, and fail to consider the gruesome death Jesus suffered that I be saved.
In the aftermath of failure, I can’t bear to go to my Lord and confess the same things over and over. He draws me to Himself by His grace. I expect condemnation, but I encounter grace.
I have found that the struggle in daily life has increased my longing for eternity with Jesus, as I look forward to the time when there will be no more sin, not more pain, and no more separation from Him. Through HIs blood, I am not condemned.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Romans 8:1 NKJV
Grace is free for me, but it cost Jesus everything.
Because of that great salvation, I feel compelled to tell the world about what Jesus has done. He has become my greatest preoccupation these days, as He has removed many of the other distractions that could otherwise draw my attention away.
In my life, I focus on the goodness of God, on the great thing He did for me. I consider Jesus, who went to the cross and died, that I might live.
When I read the passage today, I saw something else, that I missed previously. That is one of the great things about reading through the bible over and over: you see details that leap out at you.
When Jacob went out before his family, to face Esau, I found myself thinking about Jesus. He went before us to pay for the sins that we ourselves had commited, and took the punishment upon Himself. He paid the debt that He was owed. He satisfied His own wrath, that we be spared. He provided for Himself a sacrifice for our sins. What Amazing Grace.
Because of the price that He paid, we now receive the embrace, the love of God for those of us who have believed. It is a wonderful thing to know the peace of God, to live with no guilt, no shame, with the loving correction and conviction of the Holy Spirit to transform us.
If you have not called upon the name of the Lord, and asked Jesus to forgive your sins, you can do that today. As always, I included a link with handy information and a brief Gospel presentation.
You can know the God/Man who goes before us to pay our sin debt. You can know the grace of God, and know the peace of knowing that your sins have been forgiven. You too can be made new, with the Holy Spirit coming to live in you, giving you the power to say no to sin, and live free in Christ.
Brothers and sisters, let us go out and share the story of God’s grace, the Gospel, and the power of His great resurrection, demonstrated through changed lives.
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