Often at an execution, the Romans would nail a list of a criminal’s offences to the cross he was about to die on. What a great picture this presents for us today! Only in this case, it was not the sin of the man on the cross nailed to it, because of course Jesus was without offense; the list of crimes nailed that cross were OUR offences.
God’s moral law remains the standard that must be met in order to meet the standard of the Lawgiver Himself. Yet, none of us can meet that standard all of the time, for the course of our entire lives. I can only speak for myself in saying that before I got out of bed this morning I sinned. I opened my eyes and immediately grumbled about the fact that the reason my eyes were open is because I had to go to work. Grumbling is a sin, correct?
Hence, none of us can meet the perfect standard of behavior to attain our salvation. I hope we all understand that, upon our repentance and faith, our crimes against God are also nailed to the Cross of Calvary.
What does this mean for believers today? Friends, put away the rulebook. If you are, quit striving to fulfill God’s moral law in order to reach God. You cannot succeed. Allow yourself to be set free from this bondage and do the things God has called you to do.