For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…
I read these verse on Sunday, May 14, 2017, for the benediction to the services. The service theme was about our need to be righteous, because we will stand before a just God, who shows no partiality (Romans 2.11). The astounding message of the gospel of God is that we are not left in our perilous state of needing righteousness before God. He answers our need. He gives us a new heart to do good (that will be the subject of this week’s sermon), and at the basis of it all, is that Jesus, the righteous one, suffered and died in our place that we can be brought to God.
The reminder of the gospel today is to focus on the news of the gospel. It is good news in response to our helpless circumstances. God has done all the work and we get all the benefit. Our lives of obedience to the gospel start with trust in the work of God. Jesus is our righteousness. Because the righteous one died in our place, taking our penalty, he gives us his righteousness. We are restored to God.
Today, you will hear good advice from others. Today you will experience other people praising you or tearing you down. Today your own heart may speak condemnation to you, because we are not what we will be. The first response is not simply to try harder, but to focus our hearts on this one astounding truth: Jesus is our righteousness.
Right out of the sermon last week, we sang Lord, I Need You. We sang together that Jesus is “my one defense, my righteousness.” May your heart rest today. Jesus is your defense. May you worship and trust today. Jesus is our righteousness.
We invite you to attend a worship service at FCC on Sundays at 9 and 11 am.