How would you answer this question: What did Jesus do for you on the cross on Golgotha? Most people say that He died for their sins or that He was punished for the sin they had committed.
Those answers are correct, but Jesus actually achieved much more on the cross than just dying for our sins. He came to make holy those of us who had adopted Him as our Saviour.
Wow, it sounds rather hectic to think we’ve now become holy.
Another way to put it would be to say that holy means being clean and dedicated to God. But also, to be set apart just for God.
It’s hard for me to see myself that way.
But when I look at Jesus that’s exactly what I do see. Jesus was the perfect example of holiness. He had no sin. He did things exactly the way God wanted. He was even prepared to walk the extremely hard Via Dolorosa.
He was certainly set apart for God and only did what God expected of Him. Jesus is the perfect example of holiness and cleanliness.
But not me…
However, it’s only me who sees myself that way. Jesus and God see me and you who believe in them differently: 11Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family…
For Jesus, we’re just like Him. He sees us as his sisters and brothers. Because we have the same Father, Jesus sees us as blood relations. And it was his blood on the cross that made this family bond possible.
I’m starting to understand this. I suspect I, or maybe my older brother, was the naughtiest in our family. The two of us often got into trouble and the cane had to be replaced regularly.
But nothing my brother or I did could make us not be part of our family. My sister couldn’t ever say, no, I’m too embarrassed by what you do, I’m no longer your sister. Nothing I could do could take me away from my family. I remained a Van der Merwe through everything.
In the same way, there is nothing that I can do in this world that can take my heavenly family away from me. Nobody can say you sin too much; Jesus is no longer your brother. The Bible says nothing can snatch you from the Father’s hand.
I suspect you and I should see ourselves through God’s eyes; see that we are holy and set apart, and maybe start trying to live more like that.
How do you see yourself?
How does God see you?
Are you living like that?
Father, I must confess that I struggle to see myself as holy. Please help me to see myself like that and to live like that too. Thank you for my brother, Jesus, who leads me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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