The greatest gift that has ever been offered to us or that could be accepted by us is the love of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He lived a life that saved us from death; He died to give us life. If that wasn’t miraculous enough, His birth, death and resurrection were foretold years before. This is not only an example of God’s sovereignty, but also of His intricate planning and holy and just ways.
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV)
“For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (Corinthians 15:3-4)
“For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.” And again another Scripture says, ‘They shall look on Him whom they pierced.'” (John 19:36-37, NKJV)
God is holy, and we are all sinners. If it were not for Jesus, we would not be permitted to enter into His presence. Because of all the sin and wrong in the world, there was only one way that our divine and fair God could save us while still upholding the justice His holiness requires. In His compassion, Jesus did just that by dying for us. We need our Saviour because without Him we are completely lost, incompatible with the Author of Creation – the only One who is truly pure and perfect.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18, NKJV)
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5, NKJV)
In Jesus’ life, we see how God’s hand moved mightily. Close to the end of it, Jesus tells us that even greater things will be done by His power. (John 14:12) God’s holiness and righteousness that He extends to us through the blood of Jesus and the giving of the Holy Spirit is what rescues us, guides us and enables us. Walking in His ways the way Jesus did is the ultimate calling for the Christian life – and the way to pursue more of His holy influence.
“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13, NKJV)
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honour and some for dishonour. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-21)
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2, NKJV)
So not only was Jesus the perfect picture of God’s holiness present in a flesh-and-blood man, He also instructed us in how to follow His example. He taught us to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). He encouraged us that the end result would be an eternal life of joy and fulfilment in the home God is making for us, where our holiness and sanctification in Him will be complete. I don’t doubt that we will spend our time in constant awe of our great God and how He planned the story of our Saviour and the gift of vindication by His blood from before the beginning of time.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NKJV)
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:9-10)
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, NKJV)
God promised to send His Son for us and that His Son would be righteous, without spot or blemish, and the way of life. His word was and is true and His holiness was prominently evident in everything Jesus did and said, as well as in why God sent Jesus to this world in the first place.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5, NKJV)
“For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50, NKJV)
Not only do the scriptures declare it, but the Bible also says that the heavens do, (Psalm 19:1): Jesus is the King of kings and the Son of God, part of the Holy Trinity. And I, for one, am sincerely grateful that the Lord Above All is not only perfectly holy, but also infinitely compassionate and a Master of detail.
“He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever: Holy and awesome is His name.” (Psalm 111:9, NKJV)