Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Man Had Tears In His Eyes

Sometime ago I met a man who had grown up in an Orthodox Jewish
home. He had burned out on the law in his twenties so when he heard
the good news that Jesus had paid the whole price, he came to trust in
Jesus as his Savior. He carried a worn New Testament with him but it 
was the book of Galatians that was dogeared. When I asked him what
verses he liked he shared this with me:

“For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written,
‘cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book
of the law and do them.’” Now it is evident that no one is justified before
God by the law for ‘the righteous shall live by faith.’ But the law is not of
faith, rather, ‘the one who does them shall live by them.’ Christ redeemed
us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us--for it is written
‘cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree--’”  (Galatians 3:10-13)

These verses are indeed amazing but I could not see why this man had
tears in his eyes as he shared them with me. I did not “get it” at the time. 
I thought that he was a nutty, uneducated individual who did not yet 
understand how much work it took to be a Christian! Inside I questioned
his faith.

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