A God who is perfect… spotless… holy. Such a God should NOT have anything to do with men. Vile and corrupt in every way, we are His exact opposite. He SHOULD have been revolted.
But He was not. Instead, He did the most unthinkable act: He embraced us… Clothed us with His righteousness… Sent His only Son to bear our sin—even became sin for us. All these, just so we could be granted entrance into His holy courts.
Through Him we are forgiven. Deception, evil plotting, sexual fantasies, physical abuse, rape, murder—whatever our sins may be—if we repent and ask for mercy, we will be forgiven. Because there on the cross He bore the sin of all mankind.
Through Him we are sanctified. From sinner to saint, not only are our sins forgiven, but our records wiped clean—from charcoal black to pristine white. Because His blood does not merely cover, but washes our sins away.
Through Him we are accepted. Instead of being doomed for death and eternal punishment, we are now welcomed into His kingdom—as His sons and daughters. Because with arms wide open, He was hung on the most horrible cross, to His scorn and shame.
He did not merely call us from darkness to light, He also transformed us from filthy to pure—even promoted us from beggars to eternal heirs!
And for what purpose?
That we may have the right to be called a chosen generation… a royal priesthood… a holy nation… a people belonging to God.
JEHOVAH TSIDKENU. The God who is not only righteous, but is also OUR righteousness.