When I finally saw the image within the words, I couldn’t unsee it. Do you know what I’m talking about? When you look at the FedEx logo, what do you see?
Need a hint? Look between the E and the x.
See it’s not just an arrow. It is pointing to a bigger picture.
What’s the purpose of FedEx? It’s to send, right? And what is the sign known worldwide for send?
And now that you’ve seen that arrow, you will always see it.
That was the point of the 10 commandments. They were important but they pointed to a bigger picture. One that summed up everything about God.
When we read all the 10 commandments, did you ever stop and think, “well when you put it like that, yes, I’m guilty of that”.
We might feel pretty good about ourselves for not committing murder. But when we read that Jesus said to even hate someone is the same as the act of killing them, that’s when we start to think, “maybe I am guilty”.
And as we read more and more about idols, and adultery, and stealing, we recognize our guilt more and more. So out of the 10, if I am even guilty of one, what does that make me?
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” (James 2:10-11)
So now what? I realize I’m guilty, what does that mean?
“For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a)
So, if I’m guilty of even one commandment, then I’m still guilty and I’ve earned death. Why would God give the people the 10 commandments, then, if they were impossible to follow?
“Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:19-20)
Through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Just like that picture, once we see our sin, we can’t unsee it. The law, or these commandments, shows us how sinful we are. And it points us to a realization that’s a bigger picture than what we see.
Because of our sin, we need a Savior.
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:24)
“Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25)
Christ came to not destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. The law makes us recognize our guilt and need for salvation.
The big picture. You’ve now seen it. And you won’t be able to unsee it, ever. So, what will you do with it? Your sin is staring you in the face, condemning you to death, and there is a man who says He has already paid that debt for you, if only you will accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Today, decide. Decide what you will do with what the Lord has shown you. Decide where you will spend eternity.
Hell- eternal torment and separation from God? Or Heaven- eternity with our Lord as an heir to the throne.
Today, you must choose.