In the four gospel accounts, I can’t find an example that goes against this principle. “Jesus breaks the proud of heart with the law… and He heals the broken heart with grace.”
To the rich young ruler and the lawyer, He force-fed the Law. The woman at the well… the woman caught in adultery… Zaccheus? …Grace!
To those who had not been stripped of their superficial belief in their own self-righteousness, He relentlessly shoved the law back at them. When the rich young ruler in boast claimed to have kept all these laws from his youth, Jesus simply carried him to another point of the law. It’s as if He said, “That’s really impressive, but how about law number one? You shall have no other gods before Me! Therefore, show Me your wealth is not your god… sell it all and give it to the poor.”
To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus could just as easily have brought a condemning blow, but He didn’t. Why? She was already broken. She realized her guilt before God as an adulteress. Now, grace was available.
I’m thinking this is what Jesus meant when He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19
Jesus indeed came to heal the sick (me… and you). We really need to recognize how ill we are! Do you need the law today… or His Grace?