Let me start this sermon on a prophetic note. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, God will make you an eternal excellency and joy of many generations (Is.60:15).
We are serving a merciful and gracious God. Mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve. Grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it (unmerited favour).
1st Lesson (Genesis 50: 15-26).
Despite the sin and wickedness of Joseph’s brothers, he showed them mercy and kindness.
- He told them not to fear (vv19-20).
- He promised to nourish them and their children. He comforted them and spoke kindly to them (v21).
2nd Lesson (Matthew 11:1-19).
John the Baptist while in prison sent two of his disciples to Jesus to find out if He is the Messiah (vv2-3). Jesus sent them back to show John the things which they have heard and seen Him do.
- Despite the people’s sinfulness and unworthness, they obtained God’s acts of mercy and grace:
- Jesus made the blind see; the lame walk; cleansed lepers; the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them (vv4-5).
Mercy and grace are best illustrated in the salvation that is available through Jesus Christ.
- When Jesus died for our sins, God didn’t give us what we deserve (eternal condemnation and separation from him).
- Therefore, if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, we receive mercy from God and we are delivered from judgment and death. What incredible mercy!
- God didn’t stop there. He continually gives us what we don’t deserve (the next beat of our hearts, the food we eat, the privilege of living on His earth, our family and friends, as well as experiencing abundant life (John 10:10).
- Plus, we have an eternal relationship with his Son, Jesus, which we don’t deserve.
- He gave us the precious eternity in Heaven, the most wonderful place imaginable (Revelation 21-22). What amazing grace!
Worship and Thanksgiving.
As a result of unmerited favours of God, we should be grateful and thankful to God (Eph. 1:6).
- Grace comes from the Latin word ‘gratia’ which means to be grateful or thankful (Psalm 118:1-4).
- We should bless His holy name (Ps. 103:1-7).
- Our response always should be to fall on our knees in worship and thanksgiving.
“Let us then come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)