Law and Good Friday

It is a little fitting today, I believe, to see so many squad cars on the streets. I have  nothing against the police but there sure does seem to be more of them today. Why the big deal about today? Well it is what is traditionally known as Good Friday. I freely admit that I am really not that concerned about what the real day is that Jesus died; be it Friday or Wednesday. It doesn’t matter to me. What personally concerns me and should concern each of us is that Jesus died in our place, to pay for sins He never committed, and that God the Father resurrected Him from the grave. While all those seemingly extra police officers represent to me is that on that day that Jesus gave His life freely the law had me dead to rights. James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” And in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Even in Galatians 3:11 “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God”. That day that Jesus went to the cross, the law was demanding justice for the crimes I would one day commit. But when Jesus was hung on that cross it wasn’t justice, revenge, wrath, or guilt that put Him there nor did any of tjose things keep Him there. No it was His love for me, His mercy, grace, and peace that did it. Just as those police officers have a sworn responsibility to uphold the law and bring criminals to court so do did the law to bring us bound guilty before God. In our modern age the law can bring to bear against a defendant audio and video of the crime, finger prints & GPS location, computer info from cars and traffic camera’s, expert witnesses and eye witnesses. More and more can be built upon to prove one’s guilt. But it can all leave a shadow of a doubt.  God however sees all and knows all. It is His law that we break and that brings us before Him. On that day that Jesus died though things changed. While the law would drag us into court guilty as can be and lawyer for the defense arrived. He is not the average lawyer though. He pleads us guilty and then pays the price for us. With the blood Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary the sin debt is already paid. And at that it is free of charge for who ever is willing to accept it. Romans 6:23 says it best “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Gifts are always given freely, if it costs you something to receive it then it wasn’t really free or much of a gift. All we have to do is accept what Jesus did for us the day He died, accept the fact we are all sinners bound for hell, and ask Jesus to save us. He has promised that He will. The law can still have an effect on us, salvation is not a license to sin. But it can no longer send us to hell. image

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