Memory Text: For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17, NKJV).
A century before Christ, Roman poet Lucretius wrote a famous poem that was lost in history until the Middle Ages called
On the Nature of Things. Though often accused of being an atheist, Lucretius didn’t in his poem deny the existence of the gods; he just argued that by virtue of being gods they would have absolutely no interest in anything human.
In contrast the Bible argues that there is one God only, and that He’s fervently interested in what happens here. And two manifestations of that passionate interest in humanity are found in His law (which is to guide how we live) and in His grace (His means of saving us even though we have violated that law). Though often seen as contrary to each other, law and grace are indispensably linked. Their methods of operation may be different, but together they reveal that righteousness must triumph over sin. The manifestations of God’s law and His grace provide powerful evidence of His love for humanity and His desire to save us into His eternal kingdom. *Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, May 31.