Steel vs. Steal

November 15, 2107

“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10 The Message

Jesus knows what your dreams look like. He knows the distance between dreams and nightmares. He knows because He had to cross that distance to rescue and give you an un-dream-able life. In today’s world the thief steals with minutes and moments accumulated until there is no way back. At least it seems that way. This thief tries to steal the hearts out of relationships and unmoor hope from all foundations. Bankrupt hearts and minds are his prize. And then Jesus steels what has been stolen, lost and broken. It would have been enough if He had bound and subdued the thief. Life could have been made normal again … at least the illusion of normal. But God let the thief steal His Son so you could have real and eternal life. Only this thief didn’t realize what the power of steel would do through a stolen Son. Death has been made impotent at the cross. Standing at the door of unimaginable loss and paralyzing hopelessness is Jesus, the ransomed Son of Man. He’s come to claim all the stolen lives who hear His voice calling them back to life in His name. They come with every story imaginable. They come with lives ruined. They come with destroyed dreams. They come out of addictive nightmares. They come with everything and nothing. “How did you get out? How did you get here? How is this possible?” Your response will be unique. No one else has your story or journey. There are similarities but no life resumes are perfectly aligned. But the ransom share one DNA: Divine Nature Activated. You’ve been given life where death claimed sovereignty. You’ve been given eternal life in exchange for all you’ve stolen. What an exchange! All shame .. all humiliation .. all addictions .. all brokenness .. all the lies, blame, and sorrow exchanged at the door where stolen lives are bought free and clear forever! The stolen Son has the steel scars as proof of purchase. You’re free. It only takes a moment …

“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 Christian Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Ransomed Lives following Jesus. (

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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