Are You Good Enough for Heaven? (Part 1 of 4)
Updated: Jul 14, 2020
Over many years Bill O’Brien donated more than twelve gallons of blood. He said, “When that final whistle blows and St. Peter asks, ‘What did you do?’ I’ll just say, ‘Well, I gave 100 pints of blood,’” “That ought to get me in.”1 Do you agree with him?
I threw the javelin for Millersville State College. My best throw was 210-feet. Is that good? Compared to whom? In 1970 the winning throw at the Penn Relays was about 270-feet and the American record was 300-feet. Enough said! Have you ever won an award for some outstanding performance? If so, how do you compare in what you do best with the best in the world?
Accurate measurements require a standard. The yard is based on the distance between two lines on a bronze bar made in 1845. The metric standard of mass is a one-kilogram solid cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy maintained at constant temperature near Paris. Jesus’ words, actions, and attitudes are God’s “good” standard. We must stand back to back with Him and not fall short a fraction of a moral millimeter. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else.
The God who became like us must remake us so we can become like Him. Jesus’ goodness is to ours what the Pacific Ocean is to a puddle. Let us look at several passages that describe Jesus’ moral perfection.
“So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him’” (John 8:28-29, NIV).
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV).
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV).
“’He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth’” (1 Peter 2:22, NIV).
On a scale of 0-100%, how would you grade Jesus’ moral goodness? How would you grade your own?
1. Kuntzman, Gersh. in New York Post printed in “Heroes for Today” in Reader’s Digest. July, 1998. p. 85.
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