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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Desire Mercy

There is confusion by some concerning the apostle Paul’s statement, “Jesus became sin, who knew no sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) How is that possible for one who was sinless? One possible explanation is that Jesus became sin because when he entered this world, a world made of laws, he did “break laws” while fulfilling his mission here. For instance, he “worked” on the Sabbath – meaning he healed the sick on the Sabbath laboring as a physician when it was illegal to do so. He and the disciples lived as homeless men and therefore often had to eat with unclean hands and did not observe all the required fasts. So technically, some laws were broken and some eyebrows were raised by the higher-ups. Yet, as the Apostle James said, “Mercy triumphs over justice.” (James 2:13)

Jesus, because he gave unparalleled mercy, he overcame sin and the law by showing mercy - for example the mercy he gave to the woman caught in adultery. Jesus said to the keepers of the law, “Have you not read how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are guiltless. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.” Matthew12:5-7 By following in his footsteps, we are guiltless of our sins when we live out the law of mercy toward others.
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