The publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. —Luke 18:13
Always, always, always God acts like God. Aren’t you glad you aren’t going to sneak into heaven through a cellar window?…
Aren’t you glad that you’re not going to get into heaven by God’s oversight? God is so busy with His world that you sneak in. You’re there a thousand years before God sees you!
Aren’t you glad that you’re not going to get in just by being a member of a church? God says, “Well, that’s a pretty good church. Let’s let him in”….
All of this cheap talk about St. Peter giving us an exam to see if we’re all right—it’s all nonsense!
The Great God Almighty, always one with Himself, looks upon a moral situation and He either sees death or life. And all of God is on the side of death or life. If there is an iniquitous, unequal, unatoned, uncleansed, unprotected sinner in his sin, there’s only one answer—all of God says, “Death and hell.” And all of heaven can’t pull that man up.
But if he beats his breast and says, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13), and takes the benefits of the infinite agony of God on a cross, God looks on that moral situation and says, “Life!” And all of hell can’t drag that man down. Oh, the wonder and the mystery and the glory of the being of God!
Thank You, Lord, for Your consistent grace, which does not allow us to slip through the cracks but has mercy on us and saves us. Amen.