Thursday, June 15, 2017

The unique gift of grace

In the movie "The Last Emperor," the young child anointed as the last emperor of China lives a magical life of luxury with a thousand eunuch servants at his command.  "What happens when you do wrong?" his brother asks.  "When I do wrong, someone else is punished," the boy emperor replies.  To demonstrate, he breaks a jar, and one of the servants is beaten.  In Christian theology, Jesus reversed that ancient pattern: when the servants erred, the King was punished. Grace is free only because the giver Himself has borne the cost.

Philip Yancey, "What's So Amazing About Grace," page 67