It was a thrilling, exhilarating, and grueling game to the finish. Once the final whistle sounded, the Alabama Crimson Tide claimed the College National Championship crown. The beaten Clemson Tigers had posted an impressive 14-0 record up to that point, but they just couldn’t finish with perfection. They had to settle for an almost perfect 14-1.
During His life, Jesus too was striving for perfection. Those around him diligently searched for imperfections and attacked from nearly every conceivable angle. The Pharisees looked for chinks in His armor (Matthew 16:1; 19:3; Mark 8:11; 10:2). The Sadducees challenged Him (Matthew 16:1; 22:23-33). Lawyers and experts on the law longed to find His flaws (Matthew 22:35; Luke 10:25). Even Satan himself put Jesus to the test (Matthew 4:1-11). No matter what the attack, how many tests, or the strength of the trap laid for Him, Jesus proved to be perfect in every single way.
Hebrews 4:15 details this out beautifully, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.”
Jesus’ perfection serves as an example for us (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Corinthians 4:16). His perfection displayed His deity (John 8:7-8; John 19:4; John 1:1-5; Colossians 2:9-10). His perfection showed He was worthy to be the spotless sacrifice for sins (1 Peter 1:18-19). His perfection showed He was worth following (Luke 9:23).
When it comes to bringing salvation to mankind, “almost perfect” simply wouldn’t do. Only perfection would qualify. We should be humbled and thankful to our final breath that such a sacrifice for sin is available to us (1 Corinthians 15:55-57). Such a sacrifice is worthy of our praise (2 Corinthians 9:15). Such a sacrifice is worthy of our lifelong obedience (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:36-38). Such a sacrifice is worthy of our lifelong commitment (Revelation 2:10).
Let’s praise the Lord all our lives for Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice, and live committed to obeying and following after Him.