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11. Sinless Jesus Christ

Perfect Sacrificial Lamb

Jesus FaceThe sinless nature of Jesus Christ allows him to state categorically and to affirm definitively that he has never sinned. Jesus says 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 is challenging those friends, family, and others who know him personally to point out any sins that they remember him committing. Of course, they cannot think of any. Jesus knows he has not sinned and therefore, he is 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 writes 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 "he 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 confirms this truth in 1 Peter 2.22, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." The prophet Isaiah prophesies 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, confirms 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 sons or 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, his transfiguration takes place. In Luke 9.28-36, he takes Peter, John, and James with him and goes up on to a mountain to pray. As Jesus is praying, the appearance of his face changes and his clothes become as bright as a flash of lightning. This is "Jesus' transfiguration glory." Two important Old Testament heroes, Moses and Elijah, also appear there in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They speak about his departure, which is about to happen in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions are initially very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they see Jesus' transfiguration glory and two iconic figures standing with him. As they are leaving Jesus, the disciples say 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 is explained in the text that the disciple does not know what he is saying. While he is speaking, a cloud appears and envelops them, and they are afraid as they enter the cloud. A voice comes from the cloud, saying, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen, listen to him." When the voice had spoken, they find that Jesus is alone. Jesus transfigured glory excels all other experiences they had ever had!

"Sinless Jesus Christ "
by Ron Meacock

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