Canceling the Code

Judge's rulingCanceling the Code   

Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; [God] took it away, nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14).

Scripture: Colossians 2:11–19  

Song: “At the Cross”

“Well, how do you plead?” asked the judge at traffic court. “As guilty as the serpent in the Garden of Eden,” replied the minister. Bewildered, the judge asked Dale to explain his answer.

Dale told him that in the garden, Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame. “And neither do I, so I’m guilty as charged.”

The judge laughed at the minister’s reply. “That’s the most sincere plea I’ve heard in years, and it’s refreshing too.” Amused with his honesty, the judge dismissed the case and forgave Dale’s speeding ticket.

Seldom are offences forgiven, especially when we are truly guilty. But that is exactly what happened on the cross. With His atoning death, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and canceled the written code against us. Although the Old Testament was a good tutor, we no longer need to keep its numerous laws and regulations. Now, only one code is expedient: that we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Dear Father, Your Son’s sacrifice removed the barriers that separated me from You. Your new covenant gives me hope for the future and the freedom to serve You daily. Thank You. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

“Canceling the Code” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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