Jesus never needed to confess any sin. He established his moral authority through perfect love and staggering miracles. And that got him killed. We sinners silently and sometimes violently resent goodness. But we read in Philippians 2 that his humbling death on the cross led to his exaltation in heaven. He did this to secure salvation for all who believe and to leave believers an example. Citing Jesus, Paul writes, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves" (Phil 2:3).Read the rest.
Jesus shows us you'll never earn or recover moral authority in the world's eyes unless you renounce the world's means. We know we'll fail if judged by peers on a scale. A lifetime of good works can be wiped away after one misstep. Instead, we seek the good of others before our own, careful always to confess our sin and boast in our weakness, so that Jesus might be exalted above all. We won't be perfect, but we'll offer credible witness to the power of the gospel.
Friday, August 31, 2012