This whole world, and most religions, run on Karma. They preach and teach Karma; the idea that what you put into the world is what comes back to you. Believing everything that happens to you is the consequence of your actions. That what goes around comes back around. It’s you reap what you sow, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. You earn the good, and deserve the bad.
But grace is something completely different, so beautifully different. Grace smashes Karma, ends it entirely, interrupts the whole scheme, and breaks it’s chains. It’s the grace we see in Jesus who embodied it, loving those who did not deserve it, who did not appreciate it, the outcasts, sinners, and failures. He was executed by his enemies, but forgave them anyway. Grace! This Jesus, the very grace of God, the anti-Karma Savior, is our salvation from this eye for an eye world. This grace meets us where we are, sets us free from our past, and gives us a future. It’s Karma that traps the world in misery and suffering, but it’s grace that brings life to dead things and dead people. It undoes evil! It redeems suffering!
On Sunday, this glorious Easter, we will celebrate the wonderful and fantastic news that Karma couldn’t kill grace, and that grace walked out of the grave. Grace lives! Certainly this is worthy our heartfelt praise and thanksgiving. I promise this Easter, Grace will pour out of everything we do.