ILL: Old person sitting in a rocking chair was asked by his grandchild: “What are you doing, Grandpa?” “Sometimes, I sit and think. Other times, I just sit.”
Mark 10:15 “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”
12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.”
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Have you ever seen a sign which says: “Bridge out: 1 Kilometer ahead.” What do you think it means? Shall we set up a committee to investigate the hidden meaning of that signpost? What could it mean? Maybe it is there to make us question it and for us to realize the bridge is not really out at all. We could collectively combine our energies and THINK the bridge repaired! No, let’s not be silly! The sign only shows us the reality of what is up ahead. Same with the Law. It ONLY shows us that the bridge to the other side is not there. It does not work! It is not a believable reality. The Bridge does not work! It only may look like it works but a careful examination will show us that it is lacking something. What does it lack? Grace. Love. Faith. God’s Plan for salvation. The only bridge that does work was built from the other side to us. He made the way possible. His work of dying for you and me was the only way people could get across the river! There is only one way and that way is Jesus.