For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Every single person who has ever walked this planet has at one point or another fallen short of God’s plan for their lives. We’ve all missed it and we all will miss it.
I have heard preachers talk about man’s sin and how it must be judged. In a sense they are right. Unfortunately many of them do not tell the whole story which has caused many a Christian to fall into condemnation. We have discussed this and we have seen that the judgment for our sin was placed on Jesus.
Sin required judgment and Jesus took that judgment upon Himself to free us from it! He is our good shepherd and He is the door to a deep relationship with God.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
I have heard people complain about life being unfair. I’ve also heard people complain about not getting what they deserve. They need to realize that God placed the judgement we all deserved upon Jesus. There is not a person alive who would want what they deserve!
Isaiah tells us that our righteousness is like a filth rag. He was talking to a nation that was looking forward to Jesus. Today we are looking backward. Our righteousness is like a filthy rag but Jesus took our sin so we could take His righteousness.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I’ve heard talk about what a good life they lived or how good of a person they are. They are standing on their works. Jesus came to deliver us from our works. He became sin and is the open door for us to enter into relationship with God.
It is through Jesus that we are able to stand in the very presence of God without fear or trembling. Our righteousness is like a stinking dirty rag but because of Jesus we do not have to stand in it.
Religious tradition has given many Christians a view of God that has been tainted by their self-righteousness. This attitude will always lead to an unfulfilled life that is always striving for God’s love.
We cannot earn God’s love. He loved us before the moment of our birth. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to bear our sin and the resulting judgment as our sacrifice.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Psalms 85:10
We have spent a lot of time looking at this verse over the last several weeks. With what we have seen in this post this seems like a good point to revisit it.
Mercy and truth are polar opposites from each other. The Psalmist tells us though that they are “met together”. How can this be?
We opened this post with Romans 3:23 which tells us that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This is truth. Because we have sinned we deserve judgment from a holy God.
Mankind is unrighteous.
God is righteous.
How could we ever have fellowship? This is a question with an answer that is key the Christian life.
Truth tells us that mankind deserves judgment. God is merciful and He sent Jesus to bear our judgment. This is how mercy and truth are able to meet!
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