Many tragedies could be avoided if people would only call for help. But many times, people don’t. Either they think they can handle the problem themselves or they are too proud or embarrassed to seek help. This is all the more tragic when help is readily available.
God doesn’t want this to happen to you. That’s why he commands us to be perfect. By commanding us to be perfect right now God looks us in the eye, takes us by the shoulder, shakes us and tells us: “Examine yourself. Are you perfect? If not, you are in deep trouble. Because nothing with the slightest flaw can live with me.”
As we have seen all week, he commands this to show us the desperate straits we are in. We don’t just need a little help. We are totally helpless.
We need somebody else to do everything to save us.
That somebody is Jesus. Scripture says,
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified”Hebrews 10:14
By the offering of his life, Jesus perfected “them that are sanctified”. Verse 10 explains who those people are. “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” In both verses, it’s not about what the people did to become sanctified or perfected. It’s all about what Jesus did for them. It’s about his offering, his death.
This is the wonderful news God wants you to cling to.
This is the key to being able to live with him forever. Even though you aren’t perfect, Christ was perfect for you. Even though you have sinned many times, Jesus has paid for all those sins. Here is the way, the only way, you can be saved. Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”John 14:6
Friends, don’t think that God wants you to do all you can before he will help. Instead, see that Jesus has already done everything for you to be perfect in God’s sight.
Abandon all hope in what you do and rest all your hopes on Jesus’ life and death.
In Jesus, God sees you as perfect—right now!
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