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Perfect Sacrificial Lamb

Jesus FaceThe sinless nature of Jesus Christ allowed him to state categorically and to affirm definitively that he had never sinned. Jesus said in John 8.46, "Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me?" Jesus was challenging those friends, family, and others who knew him personally to point out any sins that they remembered him committing. Of course, they could not think of any. Jesus knew he had not sinned and therefore, he was uniquely qualified by his purity to be the perfect sacrificial lamb of God and to bear human sin.

Paul and Peter Confirm

Christ in GloryThe Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5.21, "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Note here that the phrase "him who had no sin" can be translated as "him who was a sin offering" and pictures Jesus as the perfect sacrificial lamb. Jesus family, friends, and colleagues could not remember a single lie that he had told. Saint Peter confirmed this truth in 1 Peter 2.22, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." The prophet Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53.9, "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." Again Saint John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, confirmed this same truth in 1 John 3.5, "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin."

Ancient Roman Coin

Ancient Roman CoinJesus' omniscience or "all-knowing nature" paralleled his sinless nature when the thorny subject of taxes to the government was raised. Jesus responded with the miracle of Peter catching a fish with a four-drachma coin in its mouth which was sufficient to pay the taxes for both Jesus and Peter. When the disciples came together in Galilee, he later said to them in Matthew 17.22b-23a, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life." Jesus knew in advance what was going to happen to him. His omniscience allowed him insights and knowledge of his sinlessness that others did not have.

Jesus Transfiguration

FishPeter's fish caught with a coin in its mouth caused him to believe in Jesus. He realized at that moment the truth of Jesus transfiguration. After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the taxes came to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?" "Yes, he does," Peter replied. "What do you think, Simon?" Jesus asked. "From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes, from their own sons or from others?" "From others," Peter answered. "Then the sons are exempt," Jesus replied in Matthew 17.24-27, "But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." Here Jesus was encouraging Peter's faith in him not making a case for who should and who should not pay tax. Jesus, I believe, was preparing Peter for the shock of Jesus transfiguration.

His Appearance Changed

Jesus TransfigurationAbout eight days after Jesus said this, Jesus transfiguration took place. In Luke 9.28-36, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up on to a mountain to pray. As Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. This was "Jesus transfiguration glory."

Jesus Glory

Two important Old Testament heroes, Moses and Elijah, also appeared there in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which was about to happen in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were initially very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw Jesus transfiguration glory and two iconic figures standing with him. As they were leaving Jesus, the disciples said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." It was explained in the text that the disciple did not know what he was saying. While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen, listen to him." When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. Jesus transfigured glory excelled all other experiences they had ever had!

"Sinless Jesus"
by Ron Meacock

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