Saturday, July 31, 2010

Man's Law, God's Law

I've been thinking about the severity and the brutality and the seriousness of the Cross.  I have also been thinking about Man's Law and God's Law.  After all, it was Man's Law that had Jesus put to death in order to fulfill God's Law.  The laws of the Jewish leaders of the time and the laws of the Roman rulers of the time came together to judge the Lord guilty of a serious offense and to sentence Him to the most horrific and public of executions.  How does it happen that the laws of men can lead to the conviction of God, Himself?  One clear conclusion is that Man's Law is askew, off center, biased, erroneous and untrustworthy essentially.  Man's attempt to regulate life and impose justice has always been diestined to fall short...just as we, individually, fall short of Truth.  It's not just that Man's Law is inadequate and needs to be improved...Man's Law ultimately is in conflict with...and even opposition to...the Way and the Truth...and the Life...that God has always intended.
In a way I'm glad that Jesus' death, which was essential to purchase our life, happened this way.  It proved the failure of Man (even with all the tradition of God) to live true and rule with equity.  We need the Savior as individuals and we need the Savior as a people!
Luke 23:23,24 But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified.  And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed.  So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested.
blessings to all, like me, who are flawed and made the Cross necessary,
Rob Smith

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