Sunday’s Song and Devotional: Amazing Grace
Whether it’s played on bagpipes, a piano, or a guitar, Amazing Grace is without question one of the most universally recognized melodies in the world today. It’s played at weddings and funerals and sang both somberly and with grand celebration. To me, it is one of the most beautiful melodies I’ve ever heard. But, it is much more than just another song with a beautiful melody. It is a song with a powerful message.
Johnathan Newton published this wonderful hymn in 1779 while pastoring a church in London. Johnathan had not always been a pastor. In fact, in his younger days, he lived a very heathenistic life. Among many of the evils of his previous life, the one thing that haunted him the most was the fact that he was a former slave trader.
After turning from his sins and trusting in Jesus as Savior, he struggled with how God could save someone so sinful. He finally came to the biblical conviction that God has more grace than we have sin. (Romans 5:20). This conviction gave him great peace and assurance.
As a pastor and as an evangelist, I have commonly been asked how God can forgive exceedingly sinful people. The answer is grace. Grace is an undeserved favor or gift. The fact is all have sinned and are therefore worthy of God’s condemnation. It makes no difference if the sin is great or small. All sin is worthy of death and hell. That’s what makes God’s grace so amazing. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Grace doesn’t give us a license to go on sinning; rather, it provides to those who have genuinely received it peace and assurance. We receive that grace only by placing our faith and trust in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8-9). Have you received God’s saving grace? It truly is amazing!