My awesome, amazingly excellent, fabulously great sister bought me the book Putting Amazing Back into Grace by one of my favorite Christian authors, Michael Horton, for Christmas. I have just begun it, but I could not resist putting this quote on here before I get any further.
"All Christians think of Jesus Christ as essential. But is He essential primarily as a teacher, moral example, and life coach, or as the Lamb of God in whom we find forgiveness, peace with God, and everlasting life? If we don't really think we need to be saved from the justice of a holy God, then we hardly need the kind of extreme rescue operation the Bible announces. If we are basically good people in need of a little direction, then the situation hardly calls for God to become humanity, fulfill all righteousness in our place, bear our guilt through a cruel crucifixion, and be raised bodily as the beginning of a new creation. Yet that is just the kind of salvation we need. It is not that Jesus makes up for whatever we lack in the righteousness department but that His righteousness alone is sufficient to stand in God's judgment. The gospel is not Christ plus our spiritual disciplines, Christ plus free will, Christ plus our acts of love and service to others, or Christ plus our pious experiences, but Christ alone. All our salvation is found in Christ, not in ourselves."
-Michael Horton, Putting Amazing Back into Grace