7 • The Perfect Life and Perfect Death of Jesus Christ
Jesus came to this earth with a divine mission: to live a perfect, sinless life and fulfil all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Because Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit it was possible for Him never to sin. He was no ordinary man! The Holy Word of God states that He was tempted in every way in His estimated 33 years on earth, but that He never sinned (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus’ whole life was a life of perfection. He obeyed the laws of God and the Ten Commandments perfectly, and He demonstrated immense compassion towards the poor and sick. When He was 30 years old, God the Holy Spirit came upon Him in a special, powerful way, giving Him authority to do many miracles and wonders (Luke 4:18-21).
Jesus walked on water! He calmed storms at sea! He gave sight to the blind! He made the deaf hear! He raised the dead! He healed lepers and the sick from their diseases! He drove demons out of people! Twice He multiplied a few fish and pieces of bread to feed thousands of people! He exposed the secrets and intents of people’s hearts and prophesied about future events that were fulfilled in his lifetime and later. He was a truly remarkable man. Never was there anyone like Him! He was and still is fully God and fully man, the GOD-MAN! The miracles He did bore witness to the fact that He was God and not merely a prophet or a special person (John 20:30, 31). Many of the things that Jesus did were written down for us to read in the New Testament in God’s Book (the Bible).
But all these things that He did were only part of the reason why Jesus came to earth. The other main reason was to die on the cross in order to save believing sinners from their sins – this for God’s glory. This happened about two thousand years ago just outside Jerusalem. One of His disciples, Judas, betrayed Him (Matthew 26:14-16), and after a mockery of a trial by the religious leaders, Jesus was accused of blasphemy and given a death sentence (Matthew 26:65, 66). After his scourging by the order of the Roman Governor Pilate, the Jews shouted that Jesus should be crucified and that a murderer, Barabbas, should be released instead (Matthew 27:16-23). Pilate, the Roman Governor, was reluctant to give the orders to crucify Him, but the Jews’ shouting “Crucify Him!” prevailed (John 19:15).
Jesus’ willing sacrifice on the cross was, is and always will be of supreme importance to the world. Jesus knew that He would come as the blameless, sinless (Hebrews 9:14) Lamb of God (John 1:29) to die for the sins of believers; He prophesied about His own death before it happened (Luke 18:31-33). Jesus came to this earth to sacrifice Himself to God the Father and bear His wrath against sin (1 John 2:1,2), satisfy His justice (Romans 3:24-26), die as a substitute and in doing so cancel the guilt of believers (Isaiah 53:3-6;10-12). He came to live a perfect life, to fulfil the righteousness of the law (Romans 8:3, 4), to obtain righteousness by His obedience (Hebrews 5:8, 9), and to die a perfect death—in order to put all believers in a right relationship with God. Just before Jesus died on the cross, He cried, ‘It is finished’ (John 19:29). That meant the work that He came to do was completed. Jesus’ work of doing the will of His Father had been done (John 4:34). The world had been reconciled and united with God again. As 2 Corinthians 5:19 says, ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them….’
Reality to consider: Only Jesus can take the guilt of our sins away, as He is the perfect man who never sinned as well as being God, (Hebrew 9:14). That is why Jesus’ life was so unique and why His death was so precious in God’s sight!
Read: Matthew 3:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; Luke 4:18-21; John 20:30,31; The Gospel of Matthew, Mark and Luke records Jesus’ miracles; Matthew 26:14-16; Matthew 26:65,66; Matthew 27:16-23; John 19:15; Hebrews 9:14; John 1:29; Luke 18:31-33; 1 John 1:1,2; Romans 3:24-26; Isaiah 53:4-6;10-12; Romans 8:3,4; Hebrews 5:8,9; John 19:29; John 4:34; 2 Corinthians 5:19.