Blessed is the man! 3-6-11

posted Mar 3, 2011, 2:55 PM by Dale Barnes
Do you know?  “There is no one righteous, not even one…there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Ro.3:10,12 NIV)
Do you know?  “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” (Eccles.7:20 NIV)
Do you know? “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all.” (Is.53:6 NIV)

All mankind is in the same problem.  We all have sinned, turned to our own way. Our individual ways are different, but they are ours and not God’s way.  If we are to be helped, God must do it.  He must take the initiative and come to our rescue, for we are trapped in our own pride and selfishness.  We desperately need God, but do not realize it.

This verse tells us the blessedness of the person that God chooses, and brings close to himself.  “Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts.  We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.” (Ps.65:4)
He does this by bringing to us the message of his love in Christ; that all of our iniquities were placed on his Son.  He died for us.  He makes us conscious of our need and shows us his way out.  To those who honestly respond to his call, he freely forgives their many sins and opens the rich blessings of his house to them.   

If we are invited to a friend’s house to live, we might find an empty bedroom, maybe to two or three, but the house has a limited area for guests.  We might check the kitchen shelves and refrigerator, and find some luscious treats, but these would soon run out.  One who is brought into God’s household is faced with unsearchable riches.  We are introduced to an infinite God with an endless supply of good things.  Following Christ as our Lord is not dull religion, but a doorway into the vastness of the eternal God.  We receive a foretaste now and a promise of “incomparable riches” of his grace in the coming ages. (Eph.2:7)