Now That’s Love!
God’s holiness surpasses our comprehension. He said in 1 John 3:15 that “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: …” and “… whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matt 5:28). Further to the stringency of His standard of the law, James 2:10 states “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” And that’s not all, “… for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom 14:23b) and “…to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Who could possibly attain to such holiness? There is one answer: only God and God alone. We had no chance of entering into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20). And it’s not just the any one thing that we do which is judged as sin, but what we don’t do, and what we do that’s not of faith, and what we think, and what we feel. On our very best day, our personal righteousness would measure in as a ‘soiled menstrual cloth’ (Is 64:6 EXP) when compared to His standard.
So He looked at us. We were unrighteous, unholy, shameful, ignorant, and in our weakness we had the nerve to be arrogant and prideful in our sad state of sin. We were altogether unlovely and so very much unlike Him. It’s there, right there in that horrible state:
Christ arrives, right on time … He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God (commendeth KJV; demonstrates NKJV) put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him (Romans 5:6-8 MSG).
We know that our old life [self; person] died with Christ on the cross so that our sinful selves [or body controlled by sin; body of sin] would have no power over us and we would not be slaves to sin (Rom 6:6 EXP). When Jesus spoke with the woman caught in sin, the act of adultery in John 8:11 and “… said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”, He was looking to the cross, to you and me today. He was looking, through eyes of love, at a death He would die “… being made to be sin for us, who knew no sin.” (2Cor 5:21). We, like that woman, gain the freedom from sin in knowing from the Word (Jesus – John 1:1,14), that with Jesus, sin has no power over us any longer… that the only one who could cast that first stone, has no stone in his hand … and knowing the truth that the Son has made us free John 8:36. We are free from sin forever! There is therefore now no condemnation … (Rom 8:1)! Our only requirement is to know and believe. Now that’s love!!!