A few weeks ago, God told me to read the book of Job. You can imagine my reaction.
It’s been slow going for me because I want to make sure that I am getting the message that God is speaking to me. In truth, I have never read the full book. I know the story, of course, but I’ve never ventured to read Job for myself. However, reading this particular book hasn’t been exactly what I thought. (I may have to do a full blog series on my study of Job.)
Recently, Chapter Nine brought about a revelation of why we need Jesus that I really hadn’t thought of before. Since we are about to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, I thought it a good time to share this particular revelation with you all.
…How can a mortal man be right before God?
Imagine coming before God––the Creator of everything. With His breath He creates, and with His word He destroys. He has set everything into place and being. His will limits and extends the life of all things.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; Who has [ever] defied or challenged Him and remained unharmed? It is God who removes the mountains, and they do not know it, When He overturns them in His anger; Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble; Who commands the sun, and it does not shine; Who seals up the stars [from view]; Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea; Who made [the constellations] the Bear, Orion, and the Pleiades, And the [vast starry] spaces of the south; Who does great things, [beyond understanding,] unfathomable, Yes, marvelous and wondrous things without number.Job 9:1-10 (amp)
I think as Christians, we have created a picture of God as a doting Grandfatherly type. Don’t get me wrong, He wants good for us (James 1:17) and will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4), but He’s not on the sidelines waiting to spoil us rotten. He isn’t going to cater to our every whim. He isn’t Grandfather Drosselmeir, coming with his bag of party tricks to wonder and entertain us.
We have gotten so used to coming before God, kicking down the door of His sanctuary while carting all of our dirty laundry behind us, and finding Love and forgiveness that we have forgotten Who it is, exactly, we are standing before.
He is incomparable. He is righteousness and justice itself and no matter how righteous we are, we could never even try to come close to Him by ourselves. By our fault or not, we are born and live in a cursed state that completely repels Him.(Psalm 5:4)
How can I answer Him [and plead my case], Choosing my words [to reason] with Him? For though I were righteous, I could not answer...If it is a matter of strength and power, behold, He is mighty! And if of justice, who can summon and challenge Him? Though I am innocent and in the right, my own mouth would pronounce me guilty; Though I am blameless, He would denounce me as guilty.Job 9:15;19-20
So imagine trying to come before Him in that state. Would we even be able to speak? If we could, would our words even make sense? Would we end up hunched over on the ground trembling before His mighty presence? Who would speak for us? Who could even try to speak for us?
That’s why we need Jesus. He is the only one who could step forward, who could speak to the Great Father––the mighty Creator––on our behalf. Jesus is the only One not born into the cursed state, the only one who has lived a life outside of that which cannot be in God’s presence (sin). Yet when He died for us, He chose to give us that same life. His for ours.
We can only come before God singing and dancing in freedom, we can only speak before Him because of Jesus.
And because of Jesus, we now have Someone standing with us in that final court apart from the Accuser and the Judge.
Have You Accepted Jesus?
We all need Jesus because one day, we will all stand before God and He will judge us according to righteousness. We will face the great Judge and nothing we could ever do would balance the scales of true justice. We need the Mediator––God’s Son, Jesus, Who was born and died for us. We will not have a chance in the court of eternity otherwise.
The beauty of coming to Jesus and accepting Him is that there are no hoops we have to jump through. There is no ring of fire that we must pass through. God loves us so much that He made restoration and resurrection of our life an easy thing. All we have to do is trust in God’s Son, Jesus, confessing Jesus as our Lord, and believing in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead. (John 3:16-17; Romans 10:9-13)
If this is you, but you’re not sure where to start, then begin here with this prayer:
“Jesus, I believe that You died for my sins and I believe that You rose from the grave. I ask you now to forgive my sins, to come into my heart, and to make me new. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer then let me be the first to say, “Welcome to the family of God.”
*If you have no idea what to do next, I offer two words of advice:
~ Get a Bible (My favorite versions include CSB, Amplified, or the YouVersion Bible App)
~ Find a local Church. (If you cannot physically attend one for whatever reason, many churches live stream today.)
If you have any other questions, please message me or post in the comments!