A Dream Come True
Read 1 Timothy Chapter 2
1Ti 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.
Today, let us paint a visual picture of our right-standing before the Lord. We have difficulty sometimes believing that our Father could ever forgive us and see us as righteous in His eyes. We know that Christ is our only hope, and we know that we have no righteousness of our own to present to the Father. It is a difficult concept to comprehend.
As our Mediator before the Father, Christ has been given the responsibility to present us to Him as righteous, holy, and sinless. In order to get a better grasp of this concept, and before we paint our visual picture, let’s look at another verse.
Ps 68:18 When You ascended on high, You led captives in Your train; You received gifts from men, even from the rebellious— that You, O LORD God, might dwell there.
Now let’s create a visual. As Christ leads His followers to God, picture us as following behind Christ in “His train,” as mentioned in Psalm. If we are behind Him, the first thing the Father sees is Christ, not us. We are hidden in Christ. As He looks at Christ, God sees perfection. He sees a sinless entity, His Son. As He looks at His Son, the only way that He sees us is through Christ. Because God cannot tolerate sin, and Christ has no sin, He looks through Jesus and sees us as sinless. He sees us through the sinless perfection of Christ.
Of course, God does not visualize things the way that we do. I am sure that He does not literally see things in the way described above. However, sometimes we need some kind of illustration for our own minds as a way of understanding a very complex idea. Christ used that kind of visualization to explain things, through His parables. This is a way which helps me better understand how our Lord could possibly forgive someone like me, who has failed Him so often during my time on this earth. I hope it speaks to you as well.
Prayer: Your ways and Your thoughts are far above our level of comprehension. We thank You for Your truths, even though we have difficulty understanding them. Thank You for the unfathomable concept of our sinlessness and righteousness through Your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ.