Today’s Reading: Romans 9:30-10:4
Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 20:24-42; 1 Corinthians 1:1-25

Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There is no Law in Christ Jesus. Jesus is the telos, the ending, the finishing, the completion of the Law. Christ has accomplished all the Law’s demands in your place. There’s nothing more that can be done. Christ has done it all. He Himself has said so. “Tetelestai. It is finished,” was what Jesus said on the cross. He has said that the Law is finished—accomplished in Him. Paul and Jesus say the same thing. Telos and tetelestai are from the same word. “Christ is the end (telos) of the Law” because in His death and resurrection He has finished it all as He said, “It is finished (Tetelestai).” Jesus is the “it is finished” of the Law.

Yet, we want to put everything back under the Law. We compare ourselves to others all the time. Oh sure, we’ll admit that we aren’t perfect, that we’ve sinned, but at least we’re not as bad as the next guy. We create our own categories, label people, put them in the “hell” box because they’ve murdered, stolen, gotten an abortion, a divorce, because we know what they did at that party, and we would never do anything like that. Repent. We are using the Law for righteousness, but “you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law?” (Galatians 4:21). There are only two categories when it comes to the Law: righteous and sinner. There isn’t better sinner or worse sinner. Repent.

Thanks be to God that in spite of our own laws—our law-ing other people—He saves us. “Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” He has already died and risen, fulfilling the Law completely for you. There’s no reason to try anything else, to jockey for position, to climb the mountain a little bit higher. Christ already ascended the mountain. He’s given you the best place: He has made you God’s child in Baptism and seated you at the foretaste of the heavenly banquet when you receive His Body and Blood. What more is there to be done for righteousness’ sake? Nothing. Jesus has done it all. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit; Our works and conduct have no worth. God in His love sent our Redeemer, Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth; His death did for our sin atone, And we are saved by grace alone. (By Grace I’m Saved, LSB 566:2)

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