“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)
Eddie Van Halen was my musical hero as a teenager and I wanted to meet him. When Van Halen came to town, there were strict requirements to be in their presence. A backstage pass was required that was issued through the friends and family network; I was neither. But a close friend, whose father was a physician to one of the band’s directors, invited me to meet Eddie Van Halen!
In the same way the requirements to be in God’s presence are far more stringent than seeing some rock star. God requires all those in his presence to not only be without sin, but also righteous and good. God requires complete obedience to His good and loving laws. But how can rebellious sinners like us perfectly obey every command of God? We can’t, but Jesus did.
Jesus perfectly and actively obeyed every law God requires of us. His sinless life was lived to fulfill the Old Testament laws including all the obscure laws found in Leviticus! No sinner could pass the test of obedience to the law except for one man, that being Jesus our Christ. He successfully completed the test through his active and perfect obedience to God’s laws.
Jesus’ sinless life was lived to acquire righteousness through his perfect obedience to God’s laws, and through our union in Christ by faith, we are judged according to His righteousness when we stand hand-in-hand with Jesus before the throne of God. May you rejoice in the good news that Jesus lived his sinless life to earn the credit of righteousness for your salvation and he freely gives this gift of grace to all who turn to him in faith.
Question: In what area of my life, do I need to pray for strength so I can obey God?
Challenge: Explain to a friend or a family member why Jesus’ sinless life is required for our salvation.
Prayer: “As the sun is full of light, the ocean full of water, and heaven full of glory, so may my heart be full of you my Lord Jesus, Amen.” - A Puritan’s Prayer
Tim Cho, Chapel Leader -- Washington Nationals