“I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” Leviticus 11:44 (NIV)
One of the most intimidating messages of being a Christian is that we are to be holy. We are to be blameless.
And up until Jesus Christ, not one human was worthy enough to be called “perfect.”
The Law Did Not Make Us Perfect
Humans tried to follow the Law God gave them. Unfortunately, rules took the place of God. People believed “being good” was good enough. “Doing good” and “looking good” was good enough. But these feeble actions of man, cannot, in fact, blot out our sins.
Humans went as far as to look and play the role of a believer with the traditions and sacrifices, but their hearts were numb and filled with wickedness. They did not call out to God, though they proclaimed His name. Something…we sometimes are a part of. We have our “holidays celebrating Christ” and we say our prayers, listen to Christian music and read scripture. But it’s very hollow, sadly, for many of us.
Read the book of Romans for a full example as to why the Law did not work for humans.
God knew we needed a human example. He also knew that Someone needed to be the human equivalent for sin’s sacrifice. He knew His people needed a better way to connect to Him.
(NIV) John 14:06, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
I went over in depth about how Christ continued to grow as a human and how He was perfected at the cross yesterday, and if you haven’t read it I highly encourage that you do, Christ is incredible in His journey to the cross.
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What I want to go over today is the connection Christ gave us as a human.
Christ Walks With Us
I know for many they probably feel like Christ is up in the clouds and so far out of our reach that we can’t connect to Him. But this is not how our God looks. He once walked upon us before the fall of sin, and He walked upon us again when Christ was sent down.
However, this time, Christ assured us we would not be left alone when He returned to God.
(NIV) John 16:07, “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Have you heard the phrase, “Lead by example?”
This is often why tutorials and instructions come with pictures showing someone what to do. We know what the outcome will look like. We know what the steps look like.
Before Christ, people knew what unrighteousness looked like, but for many of them, there were no true examples of what it meant to be righteous 100%. Even the prophets of old had their own flaws.
Then we have Christ.
100% God and 100% human, however, Christ denied Himself to ever use His God power for His flesh. He dedicated His life to serving the Lord. He continued to grow in wisdom and in favor with God. He never settled for what He was given from birth. He never relied on the fact He was blameless or pure.
He was our example in everything.
We look at Christ as perfection but we often forget Christ knew what it was like…
- to be tempted
- to hunger and thirst
- to be without (clothes, home, family, friends, food)
- to feel discomfort (physical, mental, spiritual)
- to mourn the death of a loved one
- to feel anguish, agony
- to have friends betray you
- to be used
- to be set up to fail
- to have people lie about you to others
- to be bullied
- to have rumors being spread about you
- to be misunderstood
- to feel helpless
- to feel alone and forsaken
- to have God not answer His prayer
- Christ knew all of these things ON A HUMAN LEVEL like us
We forget these things so very often. We are reminded of His comfort but often feel alone forgetting He, too, understands us on a deep level.
He went through everything we could possibly experience as a human.
However, He did not leave us with the same experiences.
Christ gave us the opportunity to know what it was like to live like Him.
As soon as Christ became our sacrifice, He intervened for us in a physical, but also, a supernatural and spiritual level. Within Him lay the awesome power and pureness of God that no other sacrifice contained. When that was sacrificed for the world through the love of God (John 3:16) we, like the Levitical priests of the Old, got to partake of the sacrifice afterward.
(NIV) Luke 22:19, “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
(NIV) Luke 22:20, In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.”
Through the brokenness of Christ’s body and the blood of His that was spilled, the baptism of water’s symbolism of what was to come… happened. (Acts 19:03-05)
Salvation allowed us to to be cleaned from the inside out. Our spirit cleansed and purified through Christ. Being made new…allows the Comforter to come to us. Through our Savior, we, too, experience the Holy Spirit.
Through the Holy Spirit, we receive one fruit filled with many gifts.
Love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, self-control, kindness, and peace.
We can’t be perfect on our own.
But in Christ, with Christ, and through Christ…we can be!
In Christ, we can be Christlike. Through Christ, we can abstain and turn away from sin and all forms of temptations. THERE IS HOPE IN CHRIST!
(NIV) 1 Timothy 6:11, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
(NLT) Philippians 4:13, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
If you would like to learn more about salvation please see How To Receive Christ Into Your “Heart”.
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Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
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