I have never taken a mudbath. (Side note: When I confess such things, an aficionado inevitably says, “Oh you should!” and sends me a gift certificate. Don’t, please. Save your money. Please). I have never taken a mudbath, but I assume that one of the more challenging aspects in the process is simply getting going. The first step into the bath is bound to be the hardest. Looking at the mud and imagining yourself soon to be immersed within must be an awkward experience, causing hesitation, doubt, perhaps regret.
- First, the law acts as a mirror, reflecting the perfect righteousness of God and our own sinfulness. By reading the Old Testament, we see more clearly the holiness of the Father, and our failure to live accordingly. This leads us to Christ for forgiveness and His righteousness.
- Second, the law restrains evil by showing us the world as God created and intended it to be. By stressing God’s desire and justice, all society benefits as goodness is expressed.
- Third, the law guides us in our sanctification, in the process of becoming more and more holy in God’s sight. How shall we please our Father in Heaven? The biblical Law points the way. Obedience to His commands demonstrate our love for Him (John 14:15).
Read Matthew 5:17.
1. The context of Jesus’ statement here is the Sermon on the Mount. From what you know of the sermon, how does that impact Jesus’ statement?