From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:12-13
Christianity is a religion of grace. They magnify their doctrine of grace more than ever and sing the hymn “Amazing Grace” passionately. Sermons about grace were delivered constantly and methodically. To many Christians grace is becoming more acceptable than Christ, it is easier to live under grace than to follow Jesus Christ. There is the danger of worshipping the doctrine of grace and misleading people away from the teaching of Christ.
We don’t argue that grace is a beautiful word. We all need the grace of God, the unmerited favor of God. However, never we can read or hear Jesus spoke about grace. Why? Because His message to the world is different and more deeper than grace. The message was repentance, spiritual renewal, new birth and suffering. Repentance means inner change of life. He joined the non-sectarian, wilderness-mountain-river group of John the Baptist to proclaim the gospel of repentance for He alone can take away the sins of the world. He asked John to baptize Him to become the leader of the radical change movement. He could have joined the religious hierarchy in the temple to maintain the old teachings of the Pharisee but He did not because He wanted to die as a rebel like John the Baptist.
As you read the words of Christ meticulously, you would discover that Jesus Christ was full of grace and yet His gospel was without grace. You cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you were born again, a spiritually changed man. What profit a man if he gains the whole world and losses his own soul? You have to obey Christ or He will say, I never knew you. If your hand is uncontrollable in committing sin, cut it off for it is better to go heaven without it than to go to eternal damnation with it. Again, grace is beautiful like a lady but in herself cannot save us. Only Christ and His redeeming sacrifice can.
We got this amazing doctrine of grace from Paul. He started it with good intention but grace should not take the place of Christ in our heart. Amazing Christ, how sweet that sounds and saves like me.