Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Devotion 6.23.15

The law.  We are a nation of laws, not men, which means that no man is above the law either in status or position.  Some look for room in the law to interpret as it is applied.  Charges filed, trials held, acquittals or convictions as a system designed to give each person his or her day in court seeks to apply justice fairly.

When Christ's ministry began, he started by blessing groups who suffer, are lowly in form, afflicted (The Beatitudes - Matthew 5), then he moves into saying he comes to fulfill the law.  He is here in our place, to accomplish what we cannot. He then begins to speak of laws, "You have heard it said...."  Christ then does this, moves the target from the letter of the law to the spirit of the law. 

You have heard it said that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to his judgment.' But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to the council...." (Matthew 5:21 and 22)  Do you really think you have followed the law?  Think again!

All of this leads us to Christ.  We need Christ.  Him who is perfect came to stand in the place of those who are not.  And if you begin to "say you have no sin, you deceive yourself, and the truth is not in you." (1 John 1)

We pray thanksgiving for Christ standing in our place.  We are thankful that he who is without sin took the penalty for our sin.  We pray thanks for God's grace.

Hope Men's Ministry

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