Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The job description that defeated Satan

Hebrews 4:15: “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

Here's a tough job description for you...Just go and be perfect! That's "prefect" as in no
errors, no mistakes, no slip-ups, no yielding to temptation...you know... be perfectly righteous and without sin. It's very hard to even imagine such a crazy thing, and to
make it even more difficult try leaving a perfect situation and totally humbling
yourself, try having the weight of the salvation of the entire world resting on your
shoulders, try having your Father send you with that task. Not just any Father;
the God of the universe.

Yet, that is what faced Christ Jesus as he walked this earth for about 33 years. Daunting
enough to know that you were marching toward Golgotha and death on a tree, that you
were facing the great tempter, whose very existence centered on seeing that you would
not succeed, but this job called for perfection. 

Not ONE sin. Ever. None at all. In order for Jesus to become a propitiation for our
own raging sinfulness, He had to be perfectly spotless, without blemish. His death upon
the cross would not have been sufficient to allow God to see us in the light of the
righteousness of Christ. He had to be perfect in order to be lifted up as an intercessor
for us at the right hand of God the Father. And boy oh boy do we need that
intercession.

Don't know about you, but I begin sinning before my feet touch the floor in the
morning. Not a great way to be perfect, but that's the amazing thing, because Christ
was perfect, we do not have to be. We have the Spirit of God helping us to work at
being more like Jesus as we are sanctified. 

But there was only one Jesus. Only one Son of God. Only one who could take on this
task of perfection and succeed. He came in humility and service, He sacrificed Himself
for His sheep, and He will return in powerful, radiant glory to finish the work of
judging this world and crushing the devil forever!

Come Jesus, we are waiting with awe and patience for your return!