Read His Words Before Ours!
Do you ever find yourself striving? For that promotion? For your marriage? For the approval of your family or friends? For the next best technology or piece of clothing? All of it can leave you feeling as though you are not enough to earn the love and respect that your heart so longs for.
I have some really bad news for you, on your own merit, you’re not. But you’re also not alone.
My entire life has been focused on how I can serve and do for other people in order to earn their love and respect. An exhausting made up a list in my head of what more I can possibly do for them and what they have done for me so that I can repay them in some way. Striving to balance an imaginary tit for tat that leaves me feeling weary, frustrated, and resentful.
This story is woven throughout history. Men and women desperately seeking approval and enoughness in the eyes of other broken human beings. And all of that striving has left us with nothing when we come to stand before the throne of God, completely exposed, showing all of our sins, faults, and brokenness despite all that we have done to be enough. The kind of righteousness we have the proclivity of seeking is meaningless in the presence of a completely holy and only good God.
God in his graciousness has continuously provided ways for us to be made righteous since the beginning.
Even though the wages of our sin is death, payment could be made through the ritual sacrifice of an animal without defect in place of a human life. This sacrifice could only be made by a priest, who himself needed to be cleansed before performing these sacrificial duties on behalf of the people. This Priest was the only one who could enter into the temple where God dwelled This is the only path that allowed God’s followers to be made righteous in the sight of God.
But It was never enough. This ritual would have to happen annually, cleansing the people from their sins from the past year. So God did not stop providing.
The rituals with the high priest were just a foretaste of the perfect plan God was laying out.
The perfect sacrifice.
The perfect priest.
Joining us here on earth in a most vulnerable way, Jesus came to live the life that we could not. To show us the Way, the Truth, and the Life through Him and him alone. No fault was found in Him and His blameless life was the perfect sacrifice. His giving up his life for us and committing it to God was the act of the ultimate, perfect priest.
Jesus has become the final mediator between us and God. No longer must we be separated from where God dwells. No longer must we go to human priests and present sacrifices to atone for our sins. No longer are we so separated from God that we cannot boldly approach His throne. All of that work was done by and through our High Priest, Jesus.
In one, single, loving act, Jesus tore back the curtain separating us from God. By His blood, he has made us holy, and now God sees us through Jesus: righteous and holy. Set apart from the world to do His work in it. We no longer need to strive for the enoughness that we so desperately seek. Jesus is enough for us – He has taken our brokenness and made it holy.
Will you follow this High Priest? Will you trust in His one, final sacrifice? Will you join Him in his mission to bring the world back to its Father? Will you believe that in Him, you are enough?
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!