Husband to wife: You've heard of Murphy's Law, right?
Wife: Of course, it states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
Husband: Have you heard of Cole’s Law?
Wife: No, what’s that?
Husband: It's thinly sliced cabbage.
And you know what comes next: the woman walks away, rolling her eyes and shaking her head.
We know Murphy’s Law and now we know Cole’s Law. Likely you know God’s Law, too. Some use the acronym S.O.S. to teach about both God’s Law and his Gospel.
The Law S.O.S: Shows Our Sin.
The Gospel S.O.S: Shows Our Savior . . . Jesus Christ!
Indeed, God’s Law reminds us of our sinful condition and our need for One to save us from the consequence of sin - eternal death. But, we can’t forget about the sweet, sweet promise of the Gospel:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 ESV
Ahhh, the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ! Our Savior reigns and death has been defeated! That’s the beautiful gift of the Gospel - the Good News of Jesus! He lived the perfect life that we couldn’t. He gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. And, playing off the response of the wife in the story above, you know what comes next: Jesus walked away from his grave, and we shake our heads in amazement at the grace of God that saves us.
It’s obviously impossible for anything here on earth to match the eternal significance of God’s Law and Gospel, but here are a few lighthearted examples of laws that many of you probably experience on a daily basis.
Murphy’s Law for Parents
- The tennis shoes you must replace today will go on sale next week.
- Leakproof sippy cups will leak, especially when filled with grape juice.
- The chance of a piece of bread falling with the jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
- The garbage truck will be two doors past your house when your children finally finish their argument over whose day it is to take out the trash.
- The shirt your child must wear today will be the only one that needs to be washed or mended.
- Gym clothes left in school lockers mildew at a faster rate than any other clothing.
- The item your child lost, and must have for school within the next ten seconds, will be found in the last place you look.
- Sick children miraculously recover when the pediatrician enters the treatment room.
- Refrigerated items, used daily, will gravitate toward the back of the refrigerator.
- Your chances of being seen by someone you know dramatically increase if you drive your child to school in your robe and slippers.
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