Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20
For the most part the Cincinnati lady obeyed the traffic laws.
She obeyed the posted speeding limit; she stopped at red lights.
That, however, didn't stop the police from arresting her and impounding her car. It seems she had been driving with a suspended license and they had clocked her doing 78 in a 55 mph zone.
When a policeman tried to stop her, the lady decided to drive home rather than pull over. During that drive she became the model motorist. Even so, the police laid down strips which blew out her tires, and they used a stun gun on her while she was resisting arrest.
All in all, it was a most peculiar example of a law breaker trying not to be -- a law-breaker -- that is.
When I read that story which was carried by The Cincinnati Enquirer, I thought she's like most of humanity.
We are all from the very beginning of our lives -- sinners. During the days which are given to us we may try to live a good life, we may try to behave, we may even try to follow God's Laws.
We can try, but we fail. After all, we're still sinners. We are still sinners who are guilty and worthy of punishment.
Our only escape from the punishment we have earned comes from the Savior. It is He who has stepped forward and taken our place under the Law.
Unfortunately, the woman in our story had nobody to step forward and take her place. She had nobody who was willing to take her punishment. She was on her own.
But we are not. The Savior who lived and died and rose stands at our side. He has carried our sins; He has died our death. With His resurrection from the dead, we are rescued and the price for our disobedience has been removed.
Through Jesus sinners are saved, and as the Christmas angels said, "That is good news of great joy for all humanity.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I give thanks that by Your sacrifice I am freed from the condemnation of the Law. May my life be lived not denying my sin, but confessing it. Then, forgiven and restored, may I live my days praising You. In Your Name I ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries