Ephesians 1:7: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Richness means abundance, and God is rich in many things. His richness of love is spectacular. Like the bottomless sea, His love never runs out. Neither does God’s grace. This is important to note – if His love was scarce and His grace wanting, life would look a lot differently from what we have known and seen. If God was stingy, there would be less natural resources. And without nature’s bounty, we all go hungry. In the season of spring there’d be less bloom, in the summer fruit trees bear less fruit. In the fall crops would repeatedly fail, and the winters would be just plain brutal. Animals would hardly reproduce for lack of resources, so there’d be scarcely any new life forthcoming. Ultimately this planet would be doomed to die.

Thankfully, one of His finest features is God’s generosity, and because of His willingness to share from His abundance of grace and love everybody wins. Yesterday I witnessed an abundance of chicks waddling behind their parents as I was visiting a nature preserve. Nesting birds usually have at least four babies, which gives their species a good chance of survival. It is heartwarming to see new life everywhere. Spring is a season of optimism, hope and trust that God’s resources won’t run out.

We can rely on God’s grace to do the same. His grace never fails to provide new life, new hope, new beginnings. There is nothing God cannot fix. There is no insult or offense that would turn His grace off. His door is open; His heart is welcoming; like a river His energies are streaming into one direction: to give life and to encourage life, to save life and to preserve life. God, the life-giver, eternally is an enemy of death.

How God became a man and paid with His lifeblood to redeem us from the death grip remains His secret, however, He pulled it off. The Trinity split and Jesus became a human being, complete with childhood history and young adulthood. He didn’t just fall from the skies to save us, He was part of our human network. He had a family name. He had relatives. He developed friendships. He had mortal enemies from day one. His lifeblood redeemed us and that includes all life forms. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans (Romans 8:19-21):

“In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own. The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope. And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God! “

God’s redemption is as abundant as His grace and love.

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