I know I need forgiveness. In truth, however, I don’t want to just be forgiven for being bad. I want to be good.
In John 19, Jesus accomplishes what he came to earth to do– to pay for the sins of the world. But in His death, we not only gain payment for our sin, we gain his record of living a perfect life.
Did you catch that?
In other words, you have Jesus’ record…
As if you had always responded to your husband kindly.
As if you never spoke rudely about another person.
As if you were perfectly patient and forgiving.
As if you always thought of others before yourself.
As if you always disciplined your children only out of love and not anger.
As if you trusted God perfectly in all circumstances.
Jesus obeyed God perfectly for 33 years on this broken earth and then suffered perfectly for us to have his righteousness.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I love how Elyse Fitzpatrick says, “Be done now with all your stupid efforts to approve of yourself and to look good…Be revolted by your own goodness and your love of reputation…and pour the delicious, sweet, intoxicating wine of Christ’s imputed righteousness into your new life…Weep over your sin. Rejoice over his obedience.” (Comforts from Romans)