By Travis Lauterbach
Many people believe the focus of biblical, Christian belief centers on obedience to God.
Obedience is certainly a part of Christianity, but it’s not the center of Christian belief.
The heart of Christian belief is Jesus Christ – namely, who He is and what He has done for the world.
Jesus told a group of people, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me” (John 5:39).
Jesus is the center of biblical, Christian belief, for He is the Savior of the world (Acts 4:12).
Scripture says of Jesus, “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God” (Revelation 5:9).
Christianity’s primary focus is not about keeping the rules. In fact, God’s Word teaches that almost nobody keeps the rules perfectly.
Scripture teaches that Jesus came to save humanity from sin because human beings fail to keep the rules.
Only one person has kept the rules perfectly. Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).
Jesus fulfilled the Law on behalf of humanity.
So then, what role do God’s rules play for Christians?
God’s Law in the Bible is nothing more and nothing less than God’s will – what God desires of His creatures. That doesn’t change.
When I was a child, I thought the people who commanded me not to run around the swimming pool and yelled at me when I did were no fun, boring, and destroyed the life of the party.
Now that I’ve matured into adulthood, I’ve realized the adults actually knew what was best.
God knows what is best for His creatures. He knows what truly increases peace and blessing.
Disobedience was so terrible that Jesus laid down His life because of sin. Christians desire to follow God’s Law, not wanting to return to the things that cost Jesus His life.
Knowing that there’s forgiveness in Jesus when people fall short, Christians may strive to live as God intends.