Good Friday morning. I know there’s a lot of talk about the Post Office these days. My mom was the Postmaster of Ranier and she would be livid at the cuts and slowdown. Well, I heard that Lena went into the post office to buy stamps for her cards. She was writing to all of her friends during the pandemic. She asked the clerk for 50 stamps. When the clerk asked, “What denomination?” Lena said, O my God, has it come to this? Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Protestants, and 32 Lutherans.” Oh Lena!

We begin chapter 7 of Romans which is about the law’s poisonous interaction with sin. It is complex so I hope you don’t give up on my posts.

Romans 7:1-6

7 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only during that person’s lifetime? 2 Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress.

4 In the same way, my friends, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5 While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.

In other words, we are not slaves to the law, but freed by Christ.

The law was given to prepare humanity to see its need of a Savior. It makes us aware of the difference between right and wrong and shows us that humans, born of a sinful nature, will always fall short of complete obedience to the law. Not until we realize our helplessness is there a desire for, and an appreciation of, a Savior.

How can you show appreciation for our Savior today?

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue