A devotional thought from George Robinson for “God’s Law for Life”
Story after story in the Old Testament demonstrates humanity’s propensity to disobey God’s commands. In His grace, God promised to set things right in the world through one of Abraham’s descendants. He raised up the people of Israel and gave them the law so that they might be a beacon of God’s goodness in the world. And yet things still were not right. Israel turned out to be a faint flicker instead of a beacon of light. If even God’s chosen people were failing miserably at obeying the law, then what hope was there?
Enter Christ. His life shined a spotlight on God’s glory. Jesus’ perfect obedience to the Father stood in stark contrast to those around Him. The Pharisees accused Jesus of disobedience in many areas. They thought He was trying to establish a new order by teaching people to disobey the law of God. To the contrary, Jesus insisted on obedience but made sure they understood that true obedience flowed from the inside out.
Jesus perfectly obeyed the law, not merely with His hands but from the heart. Jesus lived the kind of sinless life that God always intended for humanity. He was fully God, yes. But He was fully human as well. Three days after Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished!” God sent the world an exclamation point—He raised Jesus from the dead. Why? Jesus had fulfilled perfectly God’s purpose for humanity by living a life of worship and obedience. Death could not have the last word.
Pause and Reflect
• Consider the reasons for God’s gift of the law. What does obeying God have to do with our mission as Christ’s followers?
• How can we emphasize obedience in a way that makes clear the need for heartfelt, inside-out transformation and not merely legalism?
• What areas of your life need to be brought in line with Christ’s perfect life?