Failure is not an option, it is a guarantee. From failed attempts at walking as a child to failed pick up lines as a teenager and failed business ventures as an adult.
Failure is part of life.
But not all failure is the same. Failure to wash the dishes is one thing, failure to remain faithful to your spouse is another. Intuitively and experientially we know that sometimes the cost of failure is significantly higher than it is at other times.
Of all failure, perhaps none is as absolute and enduring as the failure of the human will to obey the law of God. And of all costs none are as high.
Why? Because the law of God is less a list of Gods’ expectations and more a reflection of Gods’ nature. Thus to live in contravention of God’s law is to oppose the very nature of God. Those who oppose God are estranged from Him and because He is our origin, estrangement is tantamount to death.
A post Christian society dismisses this position as irrelevant and narrow-minded. But we only need to read the tabloids, twitter feeds and news headlines to see what happens to the world when God is dead and His Law is irrelevant. More than that, the consequence of our disobedience is not only external, it is internal as well.
There is a longing of the heart that no amount of sex, money or power can ultimately satisfy.
And so we find ourselves in need of rescue. God is unchanging, His Law is unchanging and our inability to obey seems to be unchanging. Thank God for the message of Matthew 5:17 where Jesus simultaneously affirms the indispensable nature of God’s Law while providing the means by which our disobedience can be accounted for.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them.”
In Jesus we find the strength of God accounting for the weakness of man and satisfying the Holy demand of a Godly law. Jesus has fulfilled the Law of God and in so doing offers us the reconciliation that our weakness prohibited us from attaining. The Law remains, not one iota, not one dot will pass from it until all of it is accomplished.
The wonderful news of the Gospel is that all of it is accomplished in Jesus.