Reflection: Yesterday we learnt that true holiness in the sight of God cannot be earned by law-keeping. God cannot abide sin of any kind, which includes grudging obedience to his laws. What, then, is the answer to this gravest of human dilemmas? God the Father, in his amazing grace, has provided it.
Jesus Christ was sent into the world to cure our unholiness (1 Pet. 3:18). His primary “qualification” for that task was his divine status as God the Son. Contrary to a common misconception, Jesus was not merely an unusually “good man” (cf. Lk. 18:19). Jesus was God, and that is why he was (and is) perfectly holy. Hence the title accorded him by Peter in today’s passage – “The Holy One of God”.
Question: How would you answer a suggestion that Jesus of Nazareth was just a good man?
Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus – the Holy One of God. Help me to continue to place my absolute trust in him. Amen.