Here is an quote from T. F. Torrance, on Grace, that I think is apropos for the situation we find ourselves in during this ‘Holy Week’:

To sum up: Grace in the New Testament is the basic and the most characteristic element of the Christian Gospel. It is the breaking into the world of the ineffable love of God in a deed of absolutely decisive significance which cuts across the whole of human life and sets it on a new basis. That is actualised in the person of Jesus Christ, with which grace is inseparably associated, and supremely exhibited on the Cross by which the believer is once and for all put in the right with God. This intervention of God in the world and its sin, out of sheer love, and His personal presence to men through Jesus Christ are held together in the one thought of grace. As such grace is the all-comprehensive and constant presupposition of faith, which, while giving rise to an intensely personal life in the Spirit, necessarily assumes a charismatic and eschatological character. Under the gracious impingement of Christ through the Spirit there is a glad spontaneity about the New Testament believer. He is not really concerned to ask questions about ethical practice. He acts before questions can be asked. He is caught up in the overwhelming love of Christ, and is concerned only about doing His will. There is no anxious concern about the past. It is Christ that died! There is no anxious striving toward an ideal. It is Christ that rose again! In Him all the Christian’s hopes are centred. His life is hid with Christ in God. In Him a new order of things has come into being, by which the old is set aside. Everything therefore is seen in Christ, in the light of the end, toward which the whole creation groaneth and travaileth waiting for redemption. The great act of salvation has already taken place in Christ, and has become an eternal indicative. The other side of faith is grace, the immediate act of God in Christ, and because He is the persistent Subject of all Christian life and thought, faith stands necessarily on the threshold of the new world, with the intense consciousness of the advent of Christ. The charismatic and the eschatological aspects of faith are really one. In Christ the Eternal God has entered into this present evil world which shall in due course pass away before the full unveiling of the glory of God. That is the reason for the double consciousness of faith in the New Testament. By the Cross the believer has been put in the right with God once for all —- Christ is his righteousness. He is already in Christ what he will be —- to that no striving will add one iota. But faith is conscious of the essential imminence of that day, because of the intense nearness of Christ, when it shall know even as it is known, when it shall be what it already is. And so what fills the forward view is not some ideal yet to be attained, but the Christian’s position already attained in Christ and about to be revealed. The pressure of this imminence may be so great upon the mind as to turn the thin veil of sense and time into apocalyptic imagery behind which faith sees the consummation of all things. Throughout all this the predominating thought is grace, the presence of the amazing love of God in Christ, which has unaccountably overtaken the believer and set him in a completely new world which is also the eternal Kingdom of God. [emboldening mine] (Thomas F. Torrance, “The Doctrine of Grace in the Apostolic Fathers,” 34-5)

To sum up: ‘Grace’ in Torrance’s accounting is to be understood as personified in Jesus Christ. It is this grace that has brought about ‘Resurrection Hope!’ When we think of grace we should immediately think of Jesus (‘who is full of ‘grace and truth’). When we think upon the cross, the burial, and the resurrection; we should think about the Grace of God that is exemplified and amplified for all to see, for all who will see, in the “Person” of Jesus Christ. God’s graciousness in Christ, poured out for others by the Holy Spirit, is what gives this ‘Holy Week’ its shape. It is the consequence of God’s super-abundant love for His Son, and thus ‘us’; which comes in the form of a ‘gift’ for all those who believe. In fact, since grace is personified in Jesus; His grace gives birth to those who will believe, insofar as He precedes all of creation. If you are in awe and in an state of gratitude this ‘Resurrection season’; then don’t fail to remember, that it is ‘by grace that you are saved. . . .’

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