Friday, June 10, 2011

Law and Grace

I have heard this analogy used by pastors and musicians before. I love it, and every time I am convicted. It gets me thinking about how just our God is, how loving our Savor Jesus Christ is, and just how much we are in need of His grace. I just had to share this with friends.

Imagine for a moment that a crime has been committed, a crime worthy of death. All of the evidence is there and the accused admits  that she is guilty. She tells the judge she's real sorry, tells him she'll never do it again and asks to be let go. Would you see that judge as being just if he just dismisses the law for her and lets her go free? Or would you see him as a fool? Yet we expect and ask the same thing from our God with our sins. So the judge justly and righteously sentences her to death.

"For the wages of sin is death..." ~ Romans 6:23

Now imagine again with me that a man walks into that same court room, a man innocent of all crimes. He stands before the judge and the woman and he says to them, I will serve this woman's time, I will die in her place. This man is the judge's son. With a broken heart the judge allows this amazing act of grace to take place, and the son took on the death penalty in place of the guilty. That is what Jesus did for us. Can any of us truly even imagine that kind of love? Like it or not we are all on trial and one day we will be judged for our sins. We too can be given this amazing grace if we turn from our ways and truly put our hope and faith in Jesus Christ. 

This is the good news my friends!

"...but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 6:23

Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. ~ Romans 3:31

What is the law?

There is only One God

Worship only God, not your money, your TV, your computer, or your cars.

Do not use the Lord's name in vain (OMG?)

Remember the Sabbath. Use Sunday to honor God

Respect your mother and your father

Do not commit murder

Do not commit adultery or lust after another other than your spouse

Do not steal

Do not lie

Be happy with what you have

and finally and most importantly: Love your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love people.

I'm linked up with:

Beholding Glory


Laura said...

Thank you for linking up! And thank you for the reminder of our need for Jesus. :)

tcsoko said...

Catching up on Friday's reading & now thanks to you praising Jesus that eh took our punishment.

Laura said...

Hope you had a good week and would love it if you linked up again for Brag On God Fridays.

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