As boys, my brothers and I, along with the other boys in the neighborhood, played “pig pile”. The rule of the game was simple: whoever had the ball would get tackled and then everyone else would pile on. The boy at the bottom could not move and breathing was hard. The weight of 3, 4, or 5 others prevented it. Immobility and difficulty breathing were the consequences of being the guy with the ball.
Paul wrote to the Romans (Romans 5:20) that the law came in to “increase the trespass.” The law piles on the sinner increasing the sin and the weight of sin as it exposes every dark aspect of man’s disobedience. The sinner could not move to help himself and it only got harder to breath. There is no way to get out from under the pig pile as commandment 1, 2, 3 . . . 8, 9, 10 all threw their weight on top.
No matter how big the pile, however, God’s grace in Christ is able to topple it over and remove every ounce of sin. “Where sin increased, grace abounded more.” That’s good news.
May 11, 2018