Here is an interesting thought: God wrote the Old Testament Law to reveal His nature to His people. It’s clear that He does not tolerate sin. The interesting part of all that is that He also included the format, in intricate detail, of how to provide sacrifice for the temporary cleansing of sin (which means ‘missing the mark’ [Strong’s #266]). He did this not in case they fail, but when they fail.
It’s apparent that when He laid down the guide for right living, He knew that the mark would be missed and so He provided a means to start anew.
If we are looking for God’s character we can see that He has standards and that He knows we cannot meet them. He didn’t leave anyone without a way to be redeemed. Everything He does is an act of Love.
Jesus was not an afterthought. This means he was not a ‘Plan B’. Humanity was created for relationship with God and with the ability to break that relationship. The ability to break that relationship is a gift…a blessing of freedom. But, God doesn’t stop there. He also created a way for humanity to be in eternal relationship with Him, and through Jesus we have that. It’s a promise that says “Let me be your righteousness so you can be ‘free indeed’.”
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. -John 8:34-36 ESV (emphasis mine)
Missing the mark, or failing, is not a reason to throw the rest of the story out the window. With Him, you cannot have one without the other. Sin without sacrifice, sacrifice without sin. God has a plan and that plan is finished. He knows that we will all mess up and use our freedom, our choice–His gift, in a way that is contrary to His nature. However, being true to His revealed nature we are never left to die in our sin or to be orphans abandoned by our Father. “The Son remains forever.”
He knows, has always known, that we can’t do this on our own. He did it for you.
Once you tap into the grace grooved reality, you have no room to walk in fear or rejection. You will know that you have not been abandoned when you know that you have always been, are, and always will be intimately and fully known.
Not once has God ever relaxed His commands because He doesn’t have to. He sent Jesus to fulfill them for you. He is and always will be fully Himself and the beautiful part of that is that He is fully Himself when He embraces every single bit of you.
For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. -Romans 3:22-26 ESV (emphasis mine)
You are accounted for and claimed.
Let that sink in. Let that transform you. Transformed, continually, through Jesus. It puts you where He wants you and where you have always wanted to be. Free. Even the undoubtedly flawed and painfully marked are relentlessly loved by Love Himself.
Gather into your imagination the power of a hurricane, the force of an earthquake, the tearing wind of a tornado under which phenomena no man can stand. Now imagine the power of nature’s forces combined into a torrential and consuming display of love and you might have an idea of the force in which He loves you. A force of love under which no man can stand.