2 Things Jesus Did That Everybody Needs
Every human being is made in God's image and must meet his standard of perfect holiness. Here are two things Jesus did that we all need:
1. Jesus kept the law perfectly (Matt. 5:17; Rom. 10:4).
God made humans in his image, and everyone is responsible for keeping all of his commands (Lev. 18:5; Luke 10:28). When Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, he brought guilt upon not only himself but also all his descendants, because Adam represented all humanity.
Furthermore, the corrupt nature we inherited from Adam causes us to heap more guilt upon ourselves because everything we do is tainted by sin. Jesus, being both true God and true man, kept the law perfectly on behalf of all who trust in him for their salvation:
For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:17)
2. Jesus was the one and only perfect sacrifice for sin (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:12).
The author of the book of Hebrews reminds us that the Levitical priests had to offer sacrifices daily for sins, but these offerings could never take away sin entirely (Heb. 10:11). He goes on to explain:
But when Jesus had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Heb. 10:12–14)
Only the shed blood of the One who had no sin, Christ Jesus, can atone for sin, and there is no way for any of us to be justified in God’s sight apart from his finished work on our behalf (John 19:30).
If you have not already done so, receive Jesus as your Savior today.
No matter how hard people try to be right before God or how much they try to make atonement for their sins, they will never be able to do either. Because of his unfathomable love for the world, God sent his Son to do for us what we could never accomplish because of our fallen state:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:17-18)
When you receive Jesus as your Savior, his perfect righteousness is counted to you, and your sin is counted to him (Rom. 5:18–19). Peace with God is found only by his grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone.
Le Ann Trees is managing editor of Beautiful Christian Life.
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