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Though none of us deserve it, God wants to help us. Jesus did what the law could not do. The law protected the community from contamination as mentioned earlier. But, Jesus as he defied the law’s ban not to touch those who were lepers. He reached out and touched the untouchable. That is how great God’s love is for us. "On the surface it may appear that, that by touching a leper Jesus is breaking the law, but in reality he is breaking through the law to create a new way of life for us" (R.C. Hoefler p. 64).


"In the annals of Switzerland, Arnold van Winkelreid is honored in a song and story as Switzerland’s most famous hero. At the battle of Sempach the Swiss army faced the Austrian knights. The Austrians stood as a solid wall of flesh against the Swiss. Again and again the Swiss attempted to break through the Austrian ranks but to no avail. Finally, Winkelried cried out to his companions, "Follow me. I’ll make a bridge for you to victory." He threw himself upon the spears of the enemy, gathered as many of them as he could into his arms, buried their points in his own body, and, pulling the knights forward and downward, fell himself, pierced through and through. But his massive body formed a human bridge through the Austrian ranks and the Swiss army literally marched across the body of their fallen hero to certain victory.


So the law stood before us a barrier -- an impossible barrier that we could not get over, around, or under. Then Christ came and placed his body on a cross, took the guilt of our sins into his own body, and thus formed a bridge through the law that we might enter into the Kingdom as clean and renewed children of God" (R. C. Hoefler p. 64).

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