The beautiful old hymn, Jesus I Come, was recently recovered, refurbished, and rescued from the original tune. It brilliantly illustrates the contrast between works of the flesh and grace in the Gospel.
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
In the Gospel, total loss of identity is swallowed by total identity in Christ. Yielding to that gracious exchange is the ultimate decision. Will a person give up everything they think they have earned in return for everything they have faith Christ has earned. Will they exchange resumes? Are they willing to disappear behind him and let him be the advocate before the throne of the Universe. Being anonymous is a scary proposition. Human beings in general seek attention of some kind. As the saying goes, “all publicity is good publicity”. Even if they get punished for disobedience, at least there is a sense of restitution and a degree of credit earned. At least someone noticed. That is called religion. All it shows is denial of John 6:63, “it is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail.”