We all, like Israelites born in captivity, are living freed-slaves in the desert between Egypt and the Promised Land. In Egypt, we lived and died by Pharaoh’s law. In the desert we discovered God’s law. Freedom isn’t lawlessness, it’s choosing which law you will live under.
Freedom from Pharaoh’s law is death.
Freedom from death is God’s Law.
Freedom from God’s Law is grace.
Grace doesn’t mean God’s Law is gone. God knows, it’s easier to take Israelites out of Egypt than it is to take Egypt out of Israelites. Grace means God is ready. We slip, we fall – slavery calls. And rather than let death have us, God sent his son as the perfect sacrifice to take our place. When we fall, we fall on the cross of Jesus. Those wooden beams that took His life, in their eternal reach, break our fall. Grace embraces the fallen, holding each of us, and presents us with a choice: Which Law will you live under? One leads to life eternal, the other to death.
The desert is better than Egypt. You know it is. But the Promised Land – that’s worth living for!