Your slate is clean

January 3, 2018

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Galatians 4:4-7

Jesus was born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law. What does that mean? This line is packed with practical application for you and me. Here is what the author means. Jesus was born of a woman just like you and me. Though he is God and has always been God, he was born under his laws just like you and me and had to follow those laws. That’d be like parents giving their children a curfew and the parents say, “We are going to obey that rule as well.” But why would God do this? Why would he be born like this and live under his own laws?

Because we haven’t done it perfectly. Because we haven’t lived perfectly, we can’t go to heaven. So Jesus said, “I’ll live perfectly for you to redeem you and you can have my perfect record as your own.” That is incredible! You and I, we fail daily. We look over our life and we see big failures. But God only sees perfection. When he looks at you, he sees someone who has only kept his laws perfectly. He sees someone who has never let him down, who has never failed, because Jesus has given you his perfect record. And because you have Jesus’ perfect record, you are God’s child.

So today, it doesn’t matter how many good things you do or how many times you fail. Your status with God is a child of God; forgiven, perfect, and dearly loved because of Jesus. Think of your worst failure. Now consider this: Jesus lived perfectly for you. God doesn’t see that failure. You are forgiven, perfect in God’s sight, and dearly loved.