“Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without repentance, baptism without discipline, communion and absolution without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

Grace is dear and costly. A man must give up his life to follow Christ. Grace is dear because it cost the Son of God his life, but it is grace because God did not count this too great a cost.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What gives the Christian message its validity?  A series of texts led me to ask this question.  The validity is this….salvation could have come in great feats of power and could have been only the Resurrection, but such a salvation would not be a salvation for man.  And God desired salvation for man who exists with challenged spirits and fragile bodies.  God makes sense to us because He is intimate in our story.  He becomes broken and human so that the human and broken may know Him in their day to day living and at the hour of their death.  Such a grace is this!

And it is indeed not cheap but it is a grace for the hungry and hurt.  It is a grace for the fragile.  And we are all fragile.

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