During the month of November we are starting your Sunday—and your week—off with a quote to help you focus on God’s grace as you head to your worship service. This morning we read from Robert Capon’s Between Noon And Three.
The Gospel invites us to believe not that we are safe, provided, but that we are safe period. It is not that sin should not have dominion over us but that it cannot, for its power has been destroyed by Jesus. It reigns in our death, of course, as it always did; but what is that? What is it to have sway over a valley of dry bones? The main things is that sin does not reign over Jesus, and Jesus is our life. And there is the crucial point: Therefore, we are safe. Not safe, if … Not safe, as long as … Not safe, provided … Add anything — even a single qualifier, even a single hedge — and you lose the Gospel of salvation, which is just Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.