While Jesus was on earth He managed to interact with this very broken, damaged and sinful world with ease and without compromise. He was the most holy person who ever lived, yet He effortlessly connected with the worst of sinners. He had a fresh strategy that superseded the use of laws as a means of behavior modification.
'The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him the complete gifts of undeserved grace and truth have come down to us. The Law was given by Moses, but Jesus Christ brought us undeserved kindness and truth. '
John 1:14,17 CEV
He did not cover the law under a wrapper of grace – he gave grace and truth. For a graphic example of how the law is trumped by grace and truth you can refer to John 8:3-11. The law will stop the sin through death…grace and truth stopped the sin through life! May we do the same as we interact with the citizens of Babylon around us. Because, except for the grace of God, we might be among them and still under the curse of the law.
In a world where the laws of the land systematically get shoved away from the Judeo-Christian ethos, we need to refresh our appreciation for the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ which supersedes any legal effort to modify human behavior. Governments should and eventually will be accountable before God for their decisions. The church should be a disciple making machine that finds its power not in political positioning but in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our vision statement as a church reads as follows:
“To be a movement representing Jesus Christ, transforming lives and communities through the power of the gospel”
This is where we are headed…let’s get ourselves to have a laser focus on the gospel and its power in this season more than ever. This coming weekend on our Vision Sunday we will celebrate this by giving you context as to how relevant the gospel is regardless of where the world is at.