WE CANNOT, WE NEED NOT, BECAUSE JESUS HAS DONE IT ALL

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WE CANNOT, WE NEED NOT, BECAUSE JESUS HAS DONE IT ALL

This poster was created during the Second World War for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost worker morale. During that time, the men were out fighting the war, leaving the women to care for the home and support the economy. Times were bleak, so such a boost was certainly needed. And since then, this tag line of ‘We Can Do It’ has been adopted by many countries to rally their people.

But in our Father’ economy, there is no such thing as power of the people. He never called the people to rally together and support any cause. In fact, in the social order He laid out for Israel, there never was an idea of support from the masses nor the masses moving toward a goal. It was always one man carrying everything for the masses. This can be seen in God’s instructions for the High Priest.

“Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, … So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. … And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.” Leviticus 16:15-20

The High Priest of Israel was always the one carrying the burden of the people, making atonement for the people of Israel, and if the anointed priest sins, he brings sin onto the people. (Leviticus 4:3) So in our Father’s economy, it certainly is ‘one for all’, but not ‘all for one’.

And we will do well to remember this when we consider our relationship with Jesus and with our Father, for

“The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”” Psalm 110:4

Jesus is our priest. That means on Him, lies our collective ‘fates’.

You see, for the people of Israel, when they sin, they cannot make atonement on their own. Their priest does it for them. It is the quality of their priest that determines whether or not their atonement offering is accepted, and consequently, it is the quality of their priest that determines if they have right standing with God. So in similar fashion, the atonement for our sins and our right standing with God our Father depends on the quality of Jesus.

Now if we think about it, this is not an altogether foreign concept. In every religion, there is always talk about the quality of the leaders. Those who lead the people on the right path are respected and revered. Those who lead the people down the wrong path are called cult leaders; and there have been many.

But it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between a cult leader and a good leader. And to make things worse, some good leaders become cult leaders after some time. So how do we know if Jesus is the real McCoy?

First of all, Jesus Himself tells us how to differentiate the real from the false.

“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:16-20

So what is this fruit that we are talking about?

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Simply put,

“Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.” Matthew 7:15-20 [MSG]

So by His own yardstick, let us then consider Jesus. Did Jesus ever exploit anyone’s emotions or pocketbook?

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

When Jesus was walking the earth, He healed the lepers (Matthew 8 and Luke 17), He healed the lady with the flow of blood (Mark 5), He raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) and Lazarus (John 11) from the dead, He turned water into wine (John 2), He healed Peter’s mother from her fever, He did distance healing on the Centurion’s servant (Matthew 8), He made the blind to see (John 9) and the lame to walk (John 5) and forgave sins. Not only that, Jesus made it His deliberate effort to reach out to the social outcasts. In fact, this was said of Him many times.

“And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” Mark 2:16

So much so that He eventually made a name for Himself,

“a friend of tax collectors and sinners” Matthew 11:19

So Jesus never exploited anyone’s emotions or pocketbook. Jesus came to give, not to take; to supply, not to demand. So then,

“…the Melchizedek story provides a perfect analogy: Jesus, a priest like Melchizedek, not by genealogical descent but by the sheer force of resurrection life—he lives!—“priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.” The former way of doing things, a system of commandments that never worked out the way it was supposed to, was set aside; the law brought nothing to maturity. Another way—Jesus!—a way that does work, that brings us right into the presence of God, is put in its place.
The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise:
God gave his word;
he won’t take it back:
“You’re the permanent priest.”
This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! A new covenant.”
Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.” Hebrews 7:15-25 [MSG]

“So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect.” Hebrews 7:26-28 [MSG]

No wonder then Jesus said,

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

Think about it, if you want a discount, you are not going to ask it from Joe the sales assistant. You are going to ask it from the boss’ son. So likewise, if our eternal salvation has to be dependent on someone, you would want it dependent on God’s own son now, wouldn’t you? Who else better? And beloved, it is just so.

Beloved, God our Father has no other motive for arranging it so that our salvation is attained this way, other than this;

“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14

If you disagree, trying living one day, just one day, trying to be perfect in word, deed and thought. Try living according to the Ten Commandments. But remember,

“I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire.” Matthew 5:21-22 [MSG]

“But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

For if you want to depend on your own efforts to be right with God, then

“…I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

Remember what Jesus told His disciples when they asked Him who then can enter the kingdom of Heaven?

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

So beloved, the tagline of all mankind is ‘We Cannot Do It’. But for us who believe, the beauty of the situation is that our tagline is also ‘We Need Not Do It’ because our third tagline is ‘Jesus Has Done It’. Stop trying to earn your way into Heaven. Jesus has already done that for you. And for all the rest of His promises, He IS the Son of God, so there is no one else better to ask from than Him.

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