LIT UP

LIT UP
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Believe it or not I'm supremely surprised by the "lit up" red lights coming quickly behind me. I pull over with not a hint as to what might be amiss and consider a bad tail-light or faulty blinker as problematic.
The officer is cheerful, kind, and amiable and I like him immediately.
"Good afternoon, Mam,
Are you aware that you're speeding?"
Hmmm ...
"No officer, I wasn't aware that I was, my speedometer reads 59."
"Yes, but the speed limit is 55 mph here," the officer asserts.
Mmmm ...
This is a "letter of the law, number of the law" officer who is correct on all accounts.
I am, indeed, guilty of violating the 55 mph speed limit.
Guilty as charged;
4 mph over and facing the possibility of a ticket.
The officer is kind and gentle in his approach, writes out a "warning," and reminds me to slow down.
He doesn't want me to get hurt.
A sigh of relief sweeps over me as he walks back to his patrol car and spares me of a ticket, money, and violation.
Let the reader know that where I thought I was already being very careful ... now I'm being extra, extra very careful, and he and I have passed several times since without a "visitation" needed.
Just a friendly wave.
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With this in mind, reflection is afforded me on a specific passage:
"But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He that said, 'Do not commit adultery,' said also, 'Do not kill.' Now, if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 
For He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy, and mercy rejoiceth against judgment."
James 2:9-13
Hmmm ...
This passage isn't aiming to "highlight" specific sins; its attempt is to display that we all are sinners.
If I'm going 4 mph over the speed limit, and someone else is going 20 mph over the speed limit, God's word tells me we both have sped and are rightfully deserving of a ticket.
The law has been violated.
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The offering and sacrifice of Christ sufficiently reminds us that, where we have violated God's standard, whether trespassing at 4 mph or 50 mph, His blood sufficiently covers us and imposes itself upon the convicted and confessing soul.
There is not a speed limit or certain sin limit by which one can go that the blood of Christ cannot amply cover:
This is the mystery called Redemption;
It is for all and it covers all ... no exceptions.
Redemption is a monetary term used early in the Old Testament to substantiate a needful meaning worthy of considerable meditation.
Redemption - The action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment. The clearing of a debt.
Jesus experienced death to give us life.
Jesus paid our debt so we could live freely.
He commands us to do the same.
Interestingly, it is those who have gone 4 mph over that seem to have the most difficulty with those forgiven the 50 mph and those who have been forgiven the 50 mph, generally find one another and afford a grace which all the others cannot discover, perhaps, until they arrive there for themselves.
Hmmm ...
What a doggone dilemma, this merciful pardoning act Jesus granted us called redemption, and how much it has to do with how we live our lives and how our lives are altered.
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I believe we all have observed men, and have found ourselves to be men, who have refused, at times, to solicit mercy and instead invoked a full blast of the law and it's rudimentary "works" upon a soul in anguish.
The flesh and mind of man will always experience a "superior" status in doing so.
It is important to remember that such a "status" exists only temporarily:
"For ye shall have judgment without mercy that showed no mercy."
Ouch ... there are repurcussions for the unredemptive.
And the age old problem of the legalistic law-abiding Pharisees and the law-breaking but deeply loved sinners will ever be realized ... and ever be felt.
Perhaps, until we find ourselves on the "harsher side" and experiencing the gross judgment of men, we are ignorantly imposed a grace from God which we do not understand until much later in our lives.
In all events ... for present "wrestlings," lessons learned, and all that walks us deeper into the heartbeat of a loving, merciful, and redemptive God, we simply offer thanks and pray that mercy flows into the lives of those around us, and causes us to see what has been freely afforded us.
For compassion that is learned,
And tables that are turned.
To God be all glory.
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*Today's "31" study appropriates a beautiful parallel to this day's writing.
Be inspired.