THE SINLESS LIFE
JESUS exposes the works of the devil by His sinless life: “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth”(1 Pet 2:22 ESV). “Jesus…was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”(Heb 4:14-15 NKJV).
“He committed no act of sin” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p54). “He remained free, uncontaminated and uncompromised” John Stott (ref#258, p62).
JESUS who knew no sin exposes sin. “He exposes the perversion and the twistedness of evil—the foulness and ugliness of sin. In His teaching He is undoing the lie, the works of Satan….He gets down to the depth…In the Sermon on the Mount, for instance, He says, ‘You do not have to commit sin; just to look with lust in your eyes is sufficient’ (Matt 5:28)” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p67).
FATHER, this proves to me that committing acts of sin are only symptoms; the disease is my depraved nature . This is not a fact I figure out on my own. In the words of Scripture delivered by JESUS I find the Truth.
“Jesus…said, ‘I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind’”(John 9:39 MSG).
“He has established…once and for ever, that the only life worthy to be called life is one which is lived in utter, absolute conformity to the commands of the holy God; in His life He denies the lie of the devil” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p67). “This was his victory. The devil could gain no hold on him and was obligated to concede defeat” John Stott (ref#258, p62).
“…the blessed hope that faces us as Christian people is that He will destroy these works of the devil utterly, completely and finally; evil and sin will be finally destroyed out of existence, burnt, destroyed for ever” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p69).
FATHER, I desire to contemplate this sinless life of CHRIST knowing that it is thoroughly He that restores my life. Though through His death on the cross I am no more a captive of sin, still sin entangles me. Therefore I need CHRIST to cloth me in His righteousness lest I die before You, Holy FATHER.