Kingdom Calvary—Part 1 (His First Coming)
Many of us wish for the perfect person in our life. The person that will always do the right thing, give us everything we could ever want, and never think twice about it. Yet, we know that not only does that person not exist for us; we aren’t that person for someone else, either. None of us is perfect. Some seem to be closer to perfect than others, but all fall short of that standard of absolute perfection. Scripture reveals that there is one exception to this universal failure. His name is Jesus.
Peter, one of those who knew Jesus best, had this to say about our Lord: For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:21–24, CSB).
JESUS WAS THE PERFECT SAVIOR. As the passage points out, Christ was without sin (v. 22). Despite all the suffering that He experienced He made no retaliation nor threats in response (v. 23). Some feel they cannot relate to a perfect Savior. Before you get discouraged, remember that while our Lord Jesus was indeed the perfect Savior, He still understands our weaknesses and has been tempted in every way that we have been (Hebrews 4:15).
Our God is a God who is both present and perfect in that He understands and can help us get through the struggles of life. He not only has sympathy for us; He has empathy because He feels with us.
HIS PERFECTION WAS EVIDENCED BY HIS SUPERNATURAL BIRTH. A perfect Savior needs a perfect beginning. While someone may point out that being born in a dirty, cold animal shelter is far from a perfect place, the perfection deals with the method of His conception. The Bible speaks of the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary, a very special young woman. The Child she would bear was called by the angel Gabriel, “the Holy One.”
The powerful connection of the Holy Spirit and the Holy One, this word relates to the purity of our Lord Jesus. His birth was special because He was born after having been conceived by the Holy Spirit of God. Yes, I believe in a virgin-born Savior!
HIS PERFECTION WAS EVIDENCED BY HIS SUPERNATURAL LIFE. In verse 23, Peter reaffirms the truth of Hebrews 4—Jesus was without sin. His life was entrusted to God the Father. Some wonder why this was necessary if indeed He was God also, God the Son. Remember that while He was fully God, He was also fully man. As such, it was extremely important that, in His incarnation, He maintained a strong connection to God the Father.
His supernatural life was one which gives encouragement and example to all of us. Instead of reacting according to what some people say is “simply human,” He responded and acted “simply divine.” His life continues to amaze all those who give attention to its purity, its power, and its possibility to inspire us. Is this not the kind of Savior whom you would like to follow? Is this not the kind of person you would like to model your life after?
HIS PERFECTION WAS EVIDENCED BY HIS SUPERNATURAL DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Jesus’s death on the cross portrays His perfection, His sacrifice, and His deep intimate love for you. What we see in verses 23–24 is Kingdom Calvary. Peter stated that Christ was patient, innocent, and His sufferings for us were indeed substitutionary—though He committed no sin, He bore our sins.
The purpose of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ was to produce a new life in the believer. Whoever comes to Him ends his old life and begins a new one devoted to righteousness. His death was precious, yet it was a substitute for you and me. He did this in order that you might have God’s Kingdom in your life. He died to take away your sin and mine, so that we might be a part of the family, the Kingdom of God.
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