JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS ONE

“Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”              1 John 2:1 NIV

 

John calls Jesus Christ “ the righteous one.” Each name points to an essential part of our forgiveness. In the first place, we needed a human Saviour, Jesus. Only a human could atone for the sins of people. Jesus was completely human, not just in appearance, as some of the heretics maintained, but also in His nature. But, we also needed a divine Saviour. Jesus is the Christ, God’s anointed one, sent to bear our sins. Take some time to read Isaiah 53. A mere human death would only pay for their own individual sins. But as God in human flesh, Jesus’ death had infinite merit to atone for the sins of all those who put their faith in Him as their Saviour and Lord. But, also, He is Jesus Christ the righteous one. Jesus had to be “but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:19 NIV). If He had sinned, He would have had to die for His own sins. But He kept God’s law fully, in dependence on the Father. His righteousness is freely imputed to the one who trusts in Him. As Paul wrote (2 Corinthians 5:21), “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This means that Jesus Christ alone is an adequate Saviour. He is all that we need to stand before the holy God, not in a righteousness of our own, “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” (Philippians 3:9 NIV). We can add nothing to what Christ has done.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You that You alone are our adequate Saviour.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Jesus, that You alone are our adequate Saviour. You are all we need to stand before a holy God, not in a righteousness of our own but Yours. Thank You that we can add nothing to what You have done, we simply have to accept it by faith. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Psalm 98:1-9

 

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