The Daily Word: Monday, January 6th, 2020
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Matt. 5:27-28
Jesus didn’t lower the standard of righteousness; He raised it! Under the Old Covenant, the command was, “You shall not murder” (Ex. 20:13); but under the New Covenant, Jesus said that anyone who is even angry is as sinful as a murderer (Matt. 5:22). Under the Old Covenant, the command was “You shall not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:14); but under the New Covenant, Jesus said that whoever even looks at a woman who is not his wife, “…has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:28).
Jesus does not just wink at your sin and let it go. He didn’t come to relax God’s standard; He came to tighten it. But when He raised the bar, Jesus also provided a way over it. Jesus fulfilled the Law for you. He satisfied every condition for righteousness. He lived a perfect, sinless life! And then He died in your place. And when you trust in Him instead of yourself, you, “…become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).
Yes, Jesus raised the bar; but then Jesus jumped over it for you. Apart from Jesus, you don’t stand a chance; but when you trust in Him, God accepts you as His own. Are you ready to stop trusting yourself, and start trusting Jesus instead?
Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Thank You for living a perfect, sinless life, and then dying in my place. You did what I could never do! You pleased God, so that when I believe in You, I could please Him too.
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