After all, Jesus saves us from our sins–he did it all on the cross. But our obedience stills matters. When do we focus on what he did, and at what point is the burden on us?
In opening chapter of Isaiah at Mass this week, we read that God will wash our sins away, but that we must obey or be doomed. How do we reconcile the two? In today’s reading, Jeremiah says that he will judge each “according to the fruit of his doings.”
The problem is, most of us tend to emphasize one extreme or the other: license–the burden is on God, or legalism–the burden is on us. But God is true to his entire word.
Here’s an illustration that helps explain the covenant and keep our perspective balanced.
The commander as protector
New New Covenant and the Cross
Salvation and obedience after the cross
However, you can still refuse. You can respond with willful unbelief, and refuse to depend on him, and then once again you’ll be lost.
But return, at any time–just call out to him like the thief on the cross–and he will lead you home.