I was reading a blog post today where the writer discussed the difficulty we can have in living as Christians and balancing the Law on one side and Grace on the other. Her dilemma brought me back to my sermon from yesterday.
I preached from John 1:14-18, which says this in verse 17:
"For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
We could make an analogy using a scale and imagine that the scale only had the Law at first and that then God introduced Grace, in the person of Jesus, which brought the scale into a balanced position. Or we could even make a case that Grace tipped the scale permanently to one side. I haven't conducted a study but I think many people would agree with this analogy.
Or we could look at that verse and say that God created the Law as Plan A. Try as they might people couldn't fully keep the Law so he brought along Jesus as Plan B. Again, I think this portrayal would find pretty wide acceptance.
But I drew from somewhere else to clarify the relationship of Law and Grace. During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says this in Matthew 5:17:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
Jesus didn't eliminate the Law. Jesus didn't replace the Law. Jesus fulfilled the Law. The Law on the one hand and Grace on the other are two pieces of a whole. God's plan of redemption is built on both pieces.
The place where we can see a crystal clear view of the fulfillment of the Law and a true vision of Grace and Truth is on the cross and at the empty tomb.
The cross and the empty tomb are two parts of a glorious whole; one that redeems sinners like me, to God's eternal glory.
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