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Thursday, April 9
NO LAWS, JUST LOVE
(Jesus Brought Something Much Higher To Moses’ Law)
TO THE BIBLE
John 1:17 “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”
“Jesus, you’re so different from the Law! Your grace and truth puzzled sinners all day long.” “You make me love You deeper all the time....” Sandra paused, as she wrote a love poem to the Lord. And to end it all, she penned down: “Love so amazing, You are mine!”
Yes, the Lord Jesus truly is different from all man had been used to: He always functioned in God’s perfect wisdom, and as a result, He completely baffled and dazzled those in His day. He had a different mindset. His words and teachings were different; in some cases, they were in complete contrast to the Law of Moses, and to natural human thinking.
According to Moses’ Law, for example, the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20), but Jesus manifested the love, mercies and grace of God. Moses taught “An eye for an eye; life for life”; but Jesus came to reveal to us the life and nature of God; the way God thinks—the way that wins—the loveway (Matthew 5:38-48).
Man had been raised in the natural world to be vengeful, to be insulting and injurious. But Jesus taught that we should love our enemies, pray for, and bless our detractors and persecutors (Matthew 5:44). That’s strange to the natural man. Loving your enemies isn’t what you’d naturally like to do. But Jesus came with Kingdom principles: a new way to live.
He spoke love, and demonstrated love. Those that heard Him heard Love’s voice. Those He encountered felt Love’s embrace. Even the officers that were sent to arrest Him on a certain occasion, after listening to His teachings, submitted, “No man ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46). Jesus functioned with the wisdom of the just; that’s what you need in your life; that’s what stands you out, and makes you a wonder to your world.
Proverbs 5:1; Matthew 5:38-48; Luke 21:15
Dear Father, you’ve granted me wisdom and understanding to know and walk in your perfect will. My life is the expression of divine wisdom. Wisdom is heard in my words and seen in my actions today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Luke 12:1-21, Judges 7-8
Matthew 28:11-20, Leviticus 9
Read Matthew 5:38-42 and see how much contrast Jesus’ love made to the Law of Moses.