THE LAW OF CHRIST
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
The year is 33AD, the Roman empire has stretched its tentacles far into Europe claiming barbarians’ lands, leaving a trail of bloodshed in their wake. Slavery was law and proved to be the most thriving industry in the Empire. Pagan temples offered children as prostitutes to visiting pilgrims. The colosseums in Rome and Ephesus hosted daily games where crowds chanted as men fought themselves to death and beasts devoured innocent people thrown into the rings for sport, it seemed like mankind was at its most depraved state ever. In the midst of all that wickedness and chaos, somewhere is the deserts of Jerusalem, the son of a carpenter speaks about a kind of doctrine that seemed contrary to the order of His day. He wasn’t just telling people to love their neighbours, He asked them to Love their neighbours equal to themselves. He doesn’t end there, he goes way to the extreme asking them to love their enemies. He will later prove that doctrine as he gave his life for the world, and even when crucified, he cried for the forgiveness of His murderers. That doctrine is the doctrine of LOVE, and that doctrine of love is now the LAW OF CHRIST.
Jesus told his disciples that he didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfil it, and that He did. Jesus revealed to us that the end of the law is love. It’s necessary that we know and understand that Love is not a spiritual law in itself, however the entire canon of laws given by Moses hinged on this four letters word. Jesus, while he was on earth gave us only one commandment, a new commandment independent of the laws of Moses,
“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
Do you noticed that not much has changed in the world since Christ’s day? Evil doesn’t lurk in the darkness as we are told in folklore but rather walks openly in the bright of day. Have you noticed that we live in a world where everyone and everything wants to get from you and our minds are already pre-set to self-preservation before anything else? And these things seem to make it the harder to love right? Well, friends we have been called to love one another even as Christ has loved us and the mark of distinction that we are the disciples of Christ is that we “have love one to another”.
A very disturbing fact that I have come to notice is that even though most Christians know that they should love, their understanding of love is based on what society, life and culture has taught them. Thus, their love comes with many reasons and guardrails to avoid getting disappointed, a safe love. But Jesus’ love as he modelled it isn’t safe, but the most risky, wild and reckless display of love. In our opening text, we see how this love is meant to work, by “bearing one another’s burdens”. This sentence in its original rendition literally means to take off and carry from another anything that weighs them down. This is powerful because it describes what Christ did for us on the cross. Sin was our burden and he took it upon himself. The apostle Paul expresses this point in clearer language in his admonition to the Romans
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves”.
Saint Augustine puts it this way, “He who loveth much, Prayeth much.” The way we bear infirmities as expressed in the verse above is the place of intercessory prayer. The same language used in our preceding verse was also used by Paul in reference to the Holy Spirit making intercession for us.
Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The first display of our love for one another is not in the open but in the secret place. We need to get back that culture of love that is built on the foundation of intercessory prayer. Many believers have been swayed away simply because nobody was praying for them, we must make up our minds that the sun will not rise above our heads before we have carried the burden of another.
For If we truly bear burdens, it will bring us to our knees.
Dear Heavenly Father, I Thank You for your my heart is completely overwhelmed by your divine love, which compels and inspires all my actions and dealings in life. I am now awakened to my responsibility as a Christian to take on the burdens of others in love which is expressed first on my knees in intercessory prayers. I am provoked and given to acts of love that are expressed outwardly to those around me. Thank you, Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.
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