Have you ever wondered what it was like to live under the law of Moses? Imagine offering animal sacrifices on the regular and having to obey 613 laws. I wouldn’t even be able to remember them all! Despite all of that, I think the hardest part of living under the law would be the weight of knowing that the atonement for my sins was only temporary.
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. | Galatians 3:23
After they had reached Canaan, do you think the Israelites ever considered themselves captives? Do you think they felt imprisoned by the Mosaic law?
My guess? Probably not. They were thankful to be God’s chosen nation. The law of Moses is all they knew and you can’t miss what you don’t know, right? They had generations and generations of stories recounting God’s faithfulness, righteousness, and justness. I would imagine they were thankful for the law. It provided direction for their lives and defined all that was good and acceptable to God. Indeed, they were a blessed people!
Things are different for us though. We don’t live under the law of Moses but under the law of Christ. Why is that? Is it because the law of Moses is archaic and, by that means, insignificant? No. God Himself gave the law to Moses. He exists outside of time, which means nothing He has done or will do will ever be archaic or insignificant. It is quite the contrary.
Everything God does, everything He has yet to do has divine purpose and meaning.
The reason we are not held “captive” and “imprisoned” by the law is because when Jesus hung on that cross for us two thousand years ago, He 100%, completely, once and for all, fulfilled the law.
His death satisfied the law.
He was the perfect Lamb of God who died to pay for our sins. His absolute perfection is what allowed such a lasting and excellent atonement for us.
Isn’t that incredible, y’all? I mean, talk about the odds! In all of creation, not one single creature existed in perfection. So Christ, who existed from the beginning of time in perfection, took one for the team (the team we wouldn’t even let Him on) because only HE could. He freed us from sin and death and hell. And He freed us from the law.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. | John 1:17
The Israelites thought they were blessed because they were God’s chosen race. But y’all, how blessed are we that we should be gifted this eternal atonement, and as a byproduct, eternal peace, hope, joy, love and so much more?