Can you imagine if people just drove on the roads wherever they wanted and how fast they wanted? Hey I feel like driving down the centre of the road today at 200kph. If everyone did that, we would have chaos and our progress on the roads would come to a screaming halt.
So the Law is written. Stay on the left, and for this stretch of road 40kph, this bit 100kph, etc. Rules are written to help us conduct ourselves in a predictable way. It is meant for the benefit of all.
Our every driving moment is regulated by the law. It could be said that we are prisoners of the Law. At times we all want to breakout and be free of the law. We have all exceeded the speed limit at one point or other. We either abide by the law, or break it.
When I watch an American Presidential Motorcade proceeding at high speed with Police escorts, the road cleared ahead, all other traffic stopped or giving way, I get a glimpse of what it might mean to have incredible freedom on the road — but it’s only for the President! Even in the days of old, the way was cleared for the King, or his family, to proceed. It’s good to be the King!
Wouldn’t you like to be the king, or even in his family? Sure, we would no longer be held prisoner by the Law! Oh, just one thing, with this freedom comes greater responsibility.
Likewise, consider this:
…Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
As Christians we are no longer under the supervision of the law. This isn’t man made laws (like road rules) we speak of here, but that which was promised and covenanted to Abraham and had stood at the center of God’s relationship with his people. After the Exodus the law contained in the Sinaitic covenant became an additional element in that relationship and the Mosaic covenant which was a formal arrangement of mutual commitments between God and Israel, with Moses as the Mediator. Basically all the laws, which we describe as being in the Old Testament of the Bible – everything prior to the coming of Jesus Christ.
We are set free of the Old Testament Laws once we believed in Christ.
In fact we become family of the King!
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus… Galatians 3:26
But with freedom from the Law there comes great responsibility!