Reflections Along the Jesus Way
August 20, 2023 – Quote for the Day:
“We are near to God, not because of our religion or race, we are close to God not because of our religious deeds and creeds, God is available to us because of Jesus. Up until the Cross of Christ, his resurrection and the new covenant, the Jews had been given a law by God. They felt that their law made them better and superior, though that was not God’s intent in giving them the law. They believed their law codes, the covenant of Sinai, and how they carefully obeyed that covenant meant that God loved them more.
The law with all its detailed ordinances of ceremonies and regulations imposed a barrier between Jews and all other human beings. But the law, as Paul notes in Galatians, brought a curse. The law left the Jews thinking they were morally superior, while at the same time it left everyone condemned and alienated, for neither Jew nor gentile could perfectly observe it.
Jesus came, obeyed the old covenant law perfectly, something that no human had ever done, or could ever do, and then on his Cross destroyed the law and the curse it brought. His righteous and perfect work on the Cross brought all humanity near to God by God’s grace.”
Originally published in:
Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul, Volume 1