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Grace Over the Law

Be sure you're not pushing something off as trivial that's actually of great import and value.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 1:17, ” For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. “

Background

Every couple years, but not nearly as frequently as we should, our family will travel down to the south-central shores of South Carolina and spend a few days with my sister. She and my brother-in-law have a lovely place that’s only a couple minutes from the beach, has a quiet community swimming pool just across the street, plenty of great roads for biking, nearby horses that love to be fed carrots, and lots of nature for the kids to enjoy thanks to the tide that comes and goes through their back yard. My sister always feeds us really well, and does her best to find some activities that will interest and entertain the kids, not the least of which is inviting her grandkids down to stay and play with our younger ones. But eventually, the fun must come to an end, and we must load up and head home. And try as we may to bring back exactly everything that we brought with us, invariably something gets left behind.

And once again my sister is very good to us, as she is more than willing to ship to our house whatever items were forgotten. Fortunately, we’ve never left anything so big and cumbersome that she couldn’t drop it in a box and mail it back. We have, so far as I know, not yet forgotten a bicycle. Or a child.

Application

Size is not the only reason something might not get sent, at least, not size in the literal and physical sense. God sent the law to mankind through Moses. And as big and important and defining as it was, it was not what God was all about. It was a tool for man to use to lead them to the true God. So God sent it. But when it was time for God to show man what He was all about, His son came and brought it. He brought grace and truth in Himself, in person, for all to see and hear and touch. God’s nature and character was too big to send, so He brought it to us in the form of a suffering servant. If I left my child at my sister’s house, each of us would drive as far as necessary to get them home. He or she is too valuable to be sent. Jesus Christ brought grace and truth. They are that big.

Charge

As we seek Him today, do the important things yourself. Just be sure you’re not pushing something off as trivial that’s actually of great import and value.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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