Now we have ceased from the law, that being dead in which we were held, so that we may serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of letter. (Romans 7:6, Young's Literal Translation)
“I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). The Christian identifies with Jesus in His death on the Cross. But when Jesus died on the Cross, the Law also died with Him (Ro 7:6, Col. 2:14). Why did the Law die when Jesus' humanity died? Because Jesus' death proved the inadequacy of the Law (Romans 8:2-4).
The man Jesus of Nazareth kept the Law perfectly, but to no avail. Jesus could have done all that he did, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, even raised Lazarus and others from the dead -- but had He not risen from the grave, He would not have saved the world.
Jesus could not save the world merely by keeping the Law -- because His keeping the Law did not eradicate the source of sin in those who, like Paul, strove to obey the Law but found within themselves a stronger law which held them captive (Romans 7:21-23).
The physical death of
Jesus proves that death and separation from God is the ultimate end
of all human effort to keep the Law. Recall that Jesus cried out on the
Cross, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
Those who strive to serve God in their own strength will inevitably end
up at the same point of despair and isolation. But then, those who
at this point renounce self-reliance and commit themselves entirely into
the hands of the Father, will themselves be risen up together with the
Prayer: Father, thank you for the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus, the Spirit of the Resurrection, which saves us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2-11).
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