There is uniqueness to the Christian faith. I don’t know if you have heard it taught or come to this conclusion yourself through personal study. I learned of one of these important truths through Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Bible Church in Chicago. Dr. Lutzer had attended a symposium of sorts on religions of the world, which met in Chicago. One thing Dr. Lutzer asked at the various booths set up around the room was “Does your faith have a sinless prophet?” Now, Dr. Lutzer knew enough of each of the faiths to name the prominent prophet. Unfortunately, though I listen to many sermons, I do so in times when I can’t take notes so I cannot name some of these well-known religions or the obscure ones he mentioned with certainty. I do know the only answer he received was no. No matter which of the faiths’ leaders Dr.Lutzer questioned, none claimed to have a sinless prophet. My memory says one chuckled when he asked.
Our Jesus was sinless. The Bible tells us “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)) This is very important. If Jesus had sinned, His death on the cross could have only counted for Himself. It would also prove that He was not the righteous son of God. My next thought led me to the scroll no one was worthy to open in heaven in Revelation. (Revelation 5:3) The verses following describe our Lord. He is able to take the book. In verse 9 they sing a new song: “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” He was worthy because the sinless one had been slain. The Old
Testament tells us the sacrificial lamb had to be spotless. 1 Peter 1:19 tells us our precious of Lamb of God was: “but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”
I believe in knowing enough of false teachings to see how the truth stands out. This is definitely one of those truths about Jehovah, the one true God and His plan of salvation. I find this an excellent reflection point for the season of lent. Our Jesus, in flesh (John 1:14) did not sin though He was in the same corrupted world as we. Even though he was tempted as we, such that He can sympathize with our weakness, he never yielded to temptation. (Hebrews 4:15). I sing, “Worthy is the Lamb”. Our Jesus stands out from all the rest because He is the only ONE who could claim (and with authenticity) to be the blameless son of God.
Oh, how I pray this lent season brings about revival in our lives and in the body of Christ as a whole!
Burning within me,
Another lent idea came to me, the melody from Handel’s Messiah for “Behold the Lamb” began to play in my mind just now. Handel’s Messiah is not just for Christmas! The Hallelujah Chorus sung at the end comes after the resurrection in the music even though most Christmas performances include it. If you can get to a performance of this oratorio, it is Scripture to music!