Lent – Day 25: Wednesday, 17 March

Lent – Day 25: Wednesday, 17 March

Romans 8:1-4

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.

And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

The Law – the Ten Commandments and the rest – lays bare the struggle we all have in living a Godly life. We just can’t do it, and so we are condemned. And now Paul reveals that there has been a complete change because of Jesus. We who are in Christ Jesus are now free from the condemnation that is brought about by the Law, because Jesus has brought by his death a new law.

While the people of the Law, the Jews, knew that they could buy forgiveness through purchasing items to offer as a sacrifice, there was the constant obligation that hung over them like a cloud.

Jesus turns the tables round. Because of his sinless life he became a perfect sacrifice before God, paying the price for sins past, present and future. In Christ we move from a debit to a credit account. When I fall into sin, I may repent, and forgiveness earned by Jesus is mine. I always wanted a lemonade tap to go with the hot and cold water taps when I was young, but Jesus offers a wonderful fountain of forgiveness.

We may now live under the Law of the Spirit who gives life. But how will we know this life if the Holy Spirit is not acknowledged in our Christian life and worship?

And for those who are not in Christ Jesus (verse 1)…?

What part does the Holy Spirit play in your life?

How might you and your church fellowship move in personal and corporate life to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s involvement?

Father God, I want to remain in Christ Jesus. I pray that, through your Holy Spirit’s enabling and empowering, I may know Jesus in me and me in him. In his name I pray. Amen.