Romans 8 v 4″…in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4 NIV)
God is righteous!
Thomas Chisholm, the hymnist quotes chapter 34 of the book of Job with this line… “There is no shadow of turning with Thee” from the well-known hymn ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ the ever-popular wedding hymn.
What this passage means is there is no ambiguity, there are no grey areas, with God. So to come back to the verse, there is a law… A law which states that for us to live righteous lives a lamb, without blemish, of less than 3 years must be sacrificed, (or a pair of doves if you were poor). This law was established during the Israelites time wandering the wilderness.
Yom Kippur marks this annual event in the Jewish Calendar, the day when the High Priest would slaughter a lamb for the sins of Israel.
Jesus was crucified during this festival. John referred to Jesus as “the lamb who takes away the sins of the world” because the law requires a sacrifice Jesus gave his life.
You may think, “that was a rash decision!!” But actually the bible tells us that Jesus is the lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) so how is this possible? How can Jesus be crucified before the world was created?
I’m not proposing that Jesus got into a little blue police box and somehow time traveled to make the sacrifice in advance….!! What I do think is that God had a conversation with himself and, having seen the potential flaw in the plan of giving mankind free will, Jesus stepped up and said, if that happens, I’ll pay for the the crime!!!
That means that before anyone had ever sinned Jesus had agreed to die for each one of them! Thank you Jesus!!
Going back to our illustration in the Narnia books, when Aslan is resurrected he explains to Lucy and Susan that although the Deep Magic (law) stated that someone or something had to die for betrayal, the Deeper Magic had predated the Deep Magic and simply stated that if an innocent took the place of a guilty party “death itself would be reversed!”
And so God, being the bringer of the law, does not in any way contradict the law by sending His son to for us, rather he fulfilled the law and in so doing gives us everlasting life!