One common theme found in many books and movies is a character owing their life to someone else who saved theirs. One example of this comes in the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. The main character Edmond wins a knife fight that was supposed to be to the death, but instead of killing his opponent (Jacopo), Edmond strikes a deal to spare his life. Jacopo responds to this gracious act by pledging, “I am your man forever” (watch scene). Jacopo’s response displays an understanding and appreciation of the grace shown in sparing his life. Responding to grace in this way is also the main theme of our next new song, “Love Came Down” by Brian and Jenn Johnson.
Similar to Jacopo’s statement, the most repeated phrase in “Love Came Down” is “I am Yours.” It is a natural response to remembering all that Jesus has done for us and thinking on just how great God’s grace is towards us as exemplified in these words from Romans…
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6-8 NLT, also see Romans 5:9-11 NLT)
Jesus Christ coming to die for those who don’t do everything perfect is such good news that it can sound too easy. Instead of responding like Jacopo, we may be tempted to say, “Cool, Jesus died for sinners, so I can do anything I want.” However, that response comes from a place of not really experiencing the good news of God’s grace. When we understand that a right relationship with God comes only by grace and not anything we can earn, it actually puts us in a position more subject to God’s loving reign and rule in our lives. Instead of there being a limited number of things God could ask of us to earn salvation, as one person recognized, “if I am a sinner saved by sheer grace – then there’s nothing He cannot ask of me.” ( from The Reason for God)
This could sound kind of threatening if we don’t believe God truly loves us, but if love led Christ to die for sinners, then we can trust that His rule in our lives will also be guided by love. Our response to God’s grace would then be like Jacopo’s; we would remind ourselves that Jesus came down to rescue us and set us free for eternity and respond in gratitude, “I am Yours forever.”
1. Keller, Timothy J. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Dutton, 2008. 183. Print.