The law will always beg you for more, but sadly you cannot satisfy its requirements. Nothing is good enough for it. No amount of trying to be good or holy can appease its requirements. The more you sweat for it, the more it breaks your back. It commands you to keep working but rewards you with no rest. What you get is more commands, lists, and do’s and do not’s. No matter how hard you try you will never make it happy.
Last week my son and I went out to practice baseball together, and it was a good time for me to have a talk with him about lying. The day before he had lied about something, and as we took a break from playing together we sat down on the field and began. I asked him if he knew that lying was wrong, and he said yes. He then told me, “everybody lies dad, except for Jesus.”
Fast forward a few days and my two and half year old daughter and I are in the drug store, and she is not listening to me. She is strutting her stuff all through the store, and refused to come to me when I commanded her to. I admit, she was cute, but it frustrated me. As I told her that she should listen to daddy she said, “I just can’t.”
The law is evil in that we can’t satisfy it, but as Paul says it is in essence good. Romans 7:12 says ,“So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.” The law is good because it came from God, the law is the right thing to do, but as my daughter said, “I just can’t.”
I love how Paul words it in Ephesians 2:15, “by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace.”
The good news is the law is abolished. God made peace through the sacrifice of his son welcoming us all to the party. The war with the law is now over because grace won. The good news is even though we all say, “I just can’t”, Jesus says, “I can and I did.”
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. No sin, lie, adultery, you name it can come between me and him. In fact, the God that I believe in throws parties for people who don’t deserve it. He puts robes around them, rings on their fingers, and serves them the best meat and wine in town. He draws all men unto himself without a requirement of good behavior because everybody lies, except for Jesus.