“Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 41:14.
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. – Galatians 5:4-5.
Grace – Saved By
The flashblaster is a xenon lamp capable of generating four million watts of light, each burst roughly a thousand times more powerful than the brightest headlight. Many uses have been discovered for the laser, from delicate surgery to massive explosions against the pesticide malathion. The brainchild of physicist John Asmus, the high-powered laser has been used to restore ancient art masterpieces and buildings to their pristine state. The flashblaster was used at the Capitol rotunda in Sacramento, California, to peel away multiple layers of paint that covered treasured murals and frescoes. Other attempts to do so had failed. The procedure also saved Indian paintings in Texas threatened by limestone growth. The flashblaster has vaporized animal fat in the cracks of European statues and removed overprint from medieval frescoes in Italy. Radiation therapy, eye surgery, and military applications of the instrument have all proved its usefulness.
God’s forgiving grace is as sovereign over human sin as the flashblaster over numerous coats of paint. It alone can do the job. Mankind tries conventional methods of eliminating sin and relieving guilt—stiff laws, long prison sentences, capital punishment, psychiatry, and a revised morality—but all fail to solve the basic problem because they all leave in place the basic corruption. What human efforts cannot accomplish, God’s forgiving grace can. Christ’s sacrifice obliterates sin’s power.