For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)
When I was a child, I fantasized about becoming a police officer, even my father at times called me “Ahila, IPS” – high ranking police officer in Indian legal system. Law and enforcement are all attractive topics for me. Often, you might find some lingering effects of my former life even now, “don’t touch, don’t eat”. Laws those were much simpler than Moses law, but laws indeed. Crippling, joy killing, laws that I followed. Running around trees and sanctuaries, washing hair and bowing thousands of times, not out of reverence but fear. Law! I know full well, and its damaging effects to a soul.
Then I realized, the truth that destroys the law. How ironic, truth should establish the law yet this one truth that destroys it. How is it possible? Isn’t it marvelous? This truth destroys law by fulfilling it. Love and grace that invigorated Christ to endure the cross.
Grace that brought our freedom from sin.
Grace that made us sons and daughters of the Highest.
Grace that constrains us to be bond servants freely to Christ.
Truth about that grace that made me a new being. It freed me from constraining religion to completely free relationship. It freed me from tedious rituals to delightful practices. It freed me from law to grace.
Now please remember, truth almost always establishes law, but at times it destroys it by fulfilling it, and in that process, it frees the prisoner in deep trouble with the deepest LOVE.