The Moral Law: God’s Ninja Warrior Course

“Yet if it had not been for the law, I would have not known sin.” Romans 7:7

The law is good.  Just let it show your inability to keep it.

G4’s Ninja Warrior is one of my favorite TV shows (but I must say, not so much a fan of NBC’s The American Ninja Warrior).  If you’re a fan, you know well that there are some people who have no business on the Ninja Warrior course.  Some are better than others, but most prove themselves out of their league.  (If you don’t know Ninja Warrior, think insanely difficult obstacle course, or take a minute and watch).

Our oldest son loves it too.  He’s just four, so when we go to the playground, sometimes we pretend: I’m the coach, he’s training.  It never lasts long.  He lacks the coordination and agility, even with great effort, to do more than hang helplessly from the monkey bars.  I’m thinking there’s hope for him as he grows up to be a park master, but the playground…well that’s no Ninja Warrior course.

Since you’re reading this (and not out there training) I’m assuming you would not fare better.  It’s the same with God’s moral law (except the stakes are higher).  It stands there before us, demanding to be completed.  God requires its righteous fulfillment.  Even the best of the best (Billy Graham, Mother Teresa…whoever your Mokato Nagano of morality is) comes up short.

Except for one.  And he ran it…like a boss.

“By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us.” Romans 8:3-4

Ninja Warrior is a lot of fun to watch, but I couldn’t compete there if my life depended on it.  In fact, don’t laugh, but at this point in life, I’m not that much better at the monkey bars than my four-year-old.  However, eternity depends on perfectly keeping God’s moral law.  And that’s a course that I fail repeatedly.  But the best news in the world is that another has fulfilled all the law’s requirements.  And he did it for us.

He’s the real deal, the warrior of all warriors (ninja or otherwise).


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