Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. He died for every one of us, because all have sinned (missed the mark) and therefore He is seeking to save all of mankind.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23.
There, that’s the right definition of sin – not meeting God’s standard. All of us are born handicapped; we fall short of meeting God’s set standard. His own standard of righteousness – being right; and His holiness. This is a worthy observation and thought.
In the world of sports, a mark or standard is the means of qualifying or dismissing a contestant. In the sport of High jumping, a basic standard is set. If the contestant is able to meet the set mark, they’re qualified to try for a higher mark. If they fail to do so, they’re out. But you and l can’t make this basic standard and so there’s no way we can qualify by ourselves. Our fate hangs on the decision of the Judge and his team. We are at His mercy.
That’s the situation in which all humans are. Helpless and hopeless.
How does one get saved from this predicament? First thing is to hear the gospel message. Accept the verdict. And agree with it. In fact, we know that we didn’t make the mark! We can never make it on our own no matter how hard we try. Here comes a Team Leader who already made the mark and set a higher , unprecedented and unbeatable record! He did it on his own so He could share the benefits and achievement with anyone who has come to accept the futility of competing on their own merit, choosing instead to follow Him and to become partaker of His achievement. He alone made the mark, exceeding the requirements. He alone is righteous, and possesses the very righteousness of God. He receives His crown, names you as part of His team. You get an invitation to join with Him. You know very well you cannot make it on your own, that you already stand disqualified but as part of the winning team, you stand qualified because your team Leader is already declared the Invincible Winner! He is the only One Who triumphed over sin and death. You can stand by His side if you so choose to accept the recognition being conferred on you. He is representing you from now on, and you don’t have to stand disqualified anymore. Those who accept His offer are instantly covered, for they receive recognition as bearing His identity.
He already sent the message of invitation to all who have also missed the mark (sinned) and fallen short of meeting God’s standard.
“In fact, it says, ‘the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart’.
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”. Romans 10: 9-10
Believe in Jesus as the Winner and your Lord.. The One who broke the old record of human righteousness and set a new, higher, unprecedented and unbeatable one. The Invincible One.
It’s not just about believing in Him, receiving Him and confessing Him as Lord and Master. Following Him shows commitment.
“ And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him.” Colossians 2:6
Walk in Him by actively taking steps towards entering the Kingdom of God. He is the way, the only Way; the Truth – the only Truth; and the Life; no one can come to God IF they bypass Him. Anyone who is serious about coming to God, His Father must pass through Him. John (14:6)
He is a Leader to be proud of! And His followers are privileged to be identified with Him and also to share in His success and recognition, and glory if they conform to His attitudes, lifestyle, and share His sense of purpose. Finally, He expects us to take His orders and teachings in the instructions that pertain to life and godliness. He expects us to imitate Him! Act like Him, talk like Him, walk like Him. And work for Him by pushing His agenda and expending effort and energy to achieve His purposes. He wants all me to join with Him and be covered by Him. He gave us an Advocate in the Person of the Holy Spirit to live in us always,so He can help and equip us to be able to fulfil the expectations of the Father.
I can see a countless number of humans standing around, who have lost the competition because nobody is able to make the mark or meet the required standard on their own but still insist on trying.
The Generous Team Leader is still out there, with His followers calling out invitations, but many are still busy trying to make it through various and several ways though the Winner has already been declared and the event closed. Drop it! It’s an exercise in futility. Either you are with the winning team or you’re not. There’s no midway plan.