The greatest act of mercy in human history took place on a crude Roman cross at Golgotha when God the Mercy Bearer was denied mercy by those who needed it most.
“Go and learn what this means”, said Jesus to the Pharisees: “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matt. 9:13). Why? Because the sacrifice has been fulfilled once and for all. The Lamb of God was sacrificed on our behalf as a once only historical event to which nothing can be added or removed. Any activity believers undertake in an effort to earn holiness is an offence to the all-sufficient Blood of Christ and the finished work of the Cross.
Mercy, on the other hand, is an ongoing event. Every true act of mercy contributes to the continually unfolding revelation that God is abundantly merciful. Through no…
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