Today we were forced out of our house by a realtor wanting to show our home to their client. We got all but about 40 minutes notice and then it was a Chinese fire drill to get everything picked up and put away before they showed up. Having three small kids is wonderful but they tend to make a mess. We decided to head to Panera Bread for an early lunch and afterwards we went to one of my favorite places … Mardel Christian Bookstore. I could probably spend about 3 hours in that place. Some people have a coffee fetish, others its shoes or clothes, but for me its books from the Theology section.
I picked up a book by Philip Yancey named Grace (visual edition). I have read some of his other books and I enjoy his works quite well. One page in the book stuck out much more than the rest of the pages. On the page was the following, “When someone asked theologian Karl Barth what he would say to Adolf Hitler, he replied, “Jesus Christ died for your sins.” Hitler’s sins? Has grace no limit?”
Recently the world found out that President Obama supervised a team of Navy Seals that raided Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. They supposedly killed Bin Laden and dumped his body in the sea afterwards. Should we rejoice that a mass murderer has been put to physical rest? Many in our country rejoiced over his death. What about his soul? Is he in paradise with 70 virgins or is he in the lake of fire with Satan?
I ask the same question in which Yancey asks, has grace no limit?
Do I think Adolf Hitler or Osama Bin Laden is in heaven? Probably not, but there is room for anyone at the table of Christ if they are wiling to accept and believe on the payment in which Christ made on the cross at Calvary. Not only accept and believe the payment but also turn from their sins and follow Christ. During Jesus’ ministry on earth he enraged many of the top religious people by allowing the so-called worst of sinners to eat with him and his disciples. If Hitler or Bin Laden would have repented and accepted salvation in Christ then they would have been saved. No matter if they killed 3000 peoples or 6 million of God’s chosen peoples. Christ is our only hope for salvation and His forgiveness does not have limits.
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people”