Since we are looking at the cross during Lent, this morning I awoke thinking about Righteousness- who has it and who doesn’t. Psalm 145:17 says, “The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made.” In His Righteousness love, He sent Jesus. “For God so love the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”John 3:16. God loved us so much that He sent His perfect, sinless Son to die for my sin and yours. He wanted to be able to have a relationship with us again, like in the garden. Because of our sin and His holiness, that relationship was not possible. Through Jesus it all became possible again. 2 Corinthians 5:21 brings it all into perspective for me. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” When did this happen? Jesus took all our sins upon himself at the cross. 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness by his wounds you ave been healed.” Why did it happen? Because of His great love for me.
So to answer my questions- who has righteousness and who doesn’t? God is righteous in all ways. Jesus is righteous in all ways. I am not but I can be through Jesus. He died to bring me into that right relationship with God. Looking at the cross today, I see Jesus’ righteousness covering me. His blood covers all my sin, and I then become righteous in God’s eyes. I owe it all to Jesus and His atoning work on the cross.
Prayer: Lord, help me to see Jesus today and to reflect His righteousness to the world. Forgive my sin of arrogance and pride. I can not be good or righteous on my own but only through Jesus. Thank you for sending Jesus to save me from my own sinfulness. Amen.
So thankful for His healing sacrifice,