Jesus – Lived for Righteousness & our Example
God the Son entered in to human history, adding humanity to his divinity, as the man Jesus. Jesus raised the bar of the Law, revealing that sin is not merely action or lack of action, but in fact a matter of the heart (Matthew 5:21-48). Jesus taught the Law in such a way to show us that we could never live up to it’s righteous demands- “You must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). But Jesus did not come to abolish the Law of God, rather, he came to fulfill it. He lived a sinless and perfect life so that his righteousness would be given to all who would come to believe in him (Romans 3:21-26; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:18-21; Colossians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). To be in the presence of Holy God we must be holy and righteous. The problem is that “No one is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God” (Romans 3:10-11). Part of the good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a sinless and righteous life, fulfilling the Law perfectly, so that his righteousness could be given to those who would come to him through faith.
Jesus healed, taught, rebuked, cast out demons, brought the dead back to life, turned over tables in the synagogue, prayed, slept, ate, drank, traveled, cooked, conversed, became angry, and wept, all without sin and all for the glory of God. Jesus not only abstained from sins of commission, he abstained from sins of omission and sins of the heart and will.
When people asked Jesus what the most important commandment is he responded with “Love God; love people. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the prophets” (Matt 22:36-40). That’s the life Jesus lived. He loved God and loved people, by the power of the Holy Spirit. We see Jesus healing, teaching, casting out demons, performing miracles, and ultimately sacrificing himself on a cross for sin. Jesus stated this many times while on the earth, and through the Holy Spirit and the Bible, it is still stated to you and I: “Follow me.” We follow and imitate Jesus because he lived for our righteousness as our Priest and lived for our example as our Prophet. The scripture tells us that we are the “body of Jesus Christ”, so by the power of the Holy Spirit we are Jesus in the world. We are salt (makes things better) and light (shines all of the time) in this dark and sinful world. Ephesians 2:8-10 is what we cling to for our truth in salvation and for a life of following Jesus Christ. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We aren’t saved by good works, but by grace alone. We are saved for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are to live the life that Jesus lived so we can love like Jesus loved, serve like Jesus served, teach like Jesus taught, all for the glory to God and the joy of all people.
JESUS IS NOT SAFE, BUT HE IS GOOD
He is not safe, but He is good. He is the King that does what He pleases. It just so happens that it pleased this King to go to a cross to redeem a people for Himself. We hope and pray that you come to see and savor all that Jesus is for you. For your joy and the glory of God!