From Disgrace to Grace
“…they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”
Hebrews 6:6 (NIVUK)
Disgrace has been once again in the news this year.
The spotlight has come on some leading figures in public life who have been accused of wrongdoings. Some have been guilty whilst others have not. If truth be told, chances are we are all guilty of something, albeit on not quite so dramatic or open a scale as we have read of in the papers or heard of on TV.
The Biblical book of Hebrews records that Jesus was subjected to “public disgrace” The reference here is to those who reject the faith they once embraced, and how that rejection is likened to subjecting Jesus to public disgrace all over again. Of course, with Jesus there was no foundation to any of the accusations made against him during his trial before the crucifixion. Although there were trumped up charges laid against him, Jesus did not defend himself. He chose to take on the disgrace of the cross that was actually our disgrace.
Imagine an innocent person who stands up in a leading trial and claims to take the blame on behalf of the accused whose guilt is evident to all. That’s what Jesus did. It’s the Christian message. He endured the shameful disgrace of crucifixion, and, in so doing, appropriated our disgrace to himself.
In Jesus all the wrong things we have done, or do, or will do, become forgiven. Our slate is wiped clean. We, who were guilty, are now pardoned. The shame has gone. Spiritually speaking, because Jesus died on the cross, every single one of us has moved from disgrace to grace.
With Jesus, therefore, we can start again.
Let’s accept his grace.
Father, thank you that through his sacrifice Jesus has taken us from the shame and disgrace of our sinfulness to the acceptance of his grace. In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations in the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.