Wonderful Grace of Jesus

2007 10 20_2150Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, all sufficient grace for even me.
(Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.)
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, all sufficient grace for even me.
(Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.)
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain, all sufficient grace for even me.
(Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.)
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Word and Music by Haldor Lillenas, 1918

 


For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
Romans 8:1 – 2

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2:11-14

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:14 – 17


 

We use the term grace regularly in business. When you receive e a bill, it has a due date and what is called a “grace period” that is an extended time in which you can pay the bill without any penalty. Now technically speaking this is grace, it is giving you an undeserved reprieve on what you owe. But in this case, the grace has an ending. Additionally, it does not cover all that you own, it only delays the implementation of a penalty.

In his hymn, “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” Haldor Lillenas presents to us the reality, that when compared with the grace that is available through Jesus, anything else called grace is meaningless.

The grace received through Christ is “Greater than all my sin.” Now, for those of us who are honest with our selves, we begin to realize how profoundly great that really is. But it is all to easy for us to say, “well yes I have sinned, but at least I am better than that person.” But if the Apostle Paul himself could say, “I am the worst.” of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) than how can we say we are any better. No, Jesus has given us grace that is “greater than all my sin.” A grace that is beyond measure, and beyond description.

It is a grace that removes a weight from my shoulders. It “Tak(es) away my burden” and “Set(s) my spirit free.” It releases us from the chains that bind us and sets us free. Free from our guilt, free from our penalty. Lillenas says, “ By it I have been pardoned.” Pardoned and free, this is what Paul declares to us in Romans 8:1 – 2 where we read, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

Yes, the grace of Jesus has pardoned us and set us free, but if this is not enough, Lillenas presents to us a far greater outcome of His grace when he writes, “Wonderful grace of Jesus, Reaching the most defiled, By its transforming power, Making him God’s dear child.”

Yes, we are pardoned. Yes, we are set free But for greater than either of these, we are adopted into Gods family. In Romans 8:14 – 17 Paul tells us that “the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”

It truly is wonderful grace that we can receive from Jesus. Grace that not only paid our penalty, grace that not only set us free, but grace that has made us children of God Himself. It is only when we start to grasp the magnitude of this wonderful grace that we can even begin to “magnify the precious Name of Jesus. Praise His Name!”

 

 

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