Christ followers, those trekking after the Serving King, have long struggled with their relationship to Law, God’s particular way of being and doing, in a particular moment of time and space. Some go so far as to ban Law, casting it to the side, convinced it has no place in the Christian journey, an old worn-out walking stick no longer needed nor useful in the trek after the Serving King. Within that clan are those who venture to call Law sin, a wicked residue from a blighted history no longer relevant in the realm of Grace. Against such folly, Paul proclaims, “By no means!”
Others, still enslaved to Law, consider obeying Law the only valid way to trek after the Serving King. Theirs becomes a life of “ten thousand regulations” destroying all respect for the Law, God’s particular way of being and doing in a particular moment of space and time. A horrid legalism rises up in the land of “ten thousand regulations.” Law withers and dies in a land of “ten thousand regulations.”
But there is another way, recognizing the holiness of Law as The Pointer, that which signals to the trail of the Serving King, God’s way of being and doing. But Law can never do no more than point to the trail of the Serving King. Law initiates its place in the life of those trekking after the Serving King by pointing to those places and dimensions where He cannot be found. The wise learn to trust Law, knowing where King Jesus cannot be found, never wasting time in a quest void of His presence.
Likewise, Law points to those places where King Jesus can be found by those intent on encountering the Serving King. But Law can only point to the Serving King.
Only Grace can usher you into the very presence of the Serving King. Ask not Law to do what only Grace can do; nonetheless, perhaps a kind thank you to Law as Grace ushers you into His presence. And be not surprised upon entering into His domain to discover the old walking stick, Law, reclined against His throne, a welcomed aide in the Kingdom of God. Indeed, it was never His intent to abolish the Law, rather to fulfill its divine purpose in space and time.