For the lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
On Monday I showed you that the God Israel encountered was cruel and hard. God was this way for a purpose though. God loved Israel. But they didn't really think they needed him anymore. So God had to show Israel that they couldn't successfully make it without him. It was at this point that God gave Israel the Ten Commandments. Did you know that Israel had several hundred more laws given to them as well? Everyone of these laws had to be kept perfectly. The Bible tells us that if you fail to keep even part of the law then you've failed them all (John 2:10)
But if the law has to be kept perfectly then what hope is there for us? We are imperfect beings.
This is the reason that Jesus chose to leave Heaven and make his home here on earth. It's also why Jesus chose to go to the cross for us. We needed someone to come and take our place. Someone who could perfectly fulfill the law, because he was perfect.
When we say the sinners prayer and accept Jesus to be Lord of our life then we are given what is called righteousness.
What is righteousness? It simply means the right to stand before God. It's like a powerful king telling you that no matter the time or day you always have the right to approach the throne (Hebrews 4:16). The law was given to bring people to their knees and prove to them they needed God. Through the one act of love (the cross) Jesus made it possible for us to once again approach and talk with God (Romans 5:18&19) What a change.
“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:6-7 NLT
God has always loved his people, no exception. We are Gods living proof to the world that he is good. I love the fact that no matter what, when or where, I have the right now to approach God. From Him I can freely expect nothing but love and mercy, isn't that amazing? The question remains though will you receive Jesus and what he has done? Or will you continue trying to fulfill the law? I would choose Jesus if I were you.