Jesus: The Great Perfecter

“Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.  He suffered death on the cross.  But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him.  And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne,” (Hebrews 12:2, NCV).  

The word-perfect is one that we shy away from especially when it is used in reference to our spiritual walk.  We will say, “I’m only human.  No one is perfect.”  This is indeed a true statement.  Webster’s dictionary defines perfect as follows, “to bring to final form.”  We as Christians can be assured that God is not finished with us yet.  This will not occur until we step into the presence of God.  However, our text calls us to realize that Jesus is the one who has made our faith perfect.  Christ is the one who has created and brought it into its perfection.  If we wonder how Jesus could do this our text makes it clear, death on a cross.  Think about this for a moment, it is through an instrument of pain and suffering that our faith is made perfect.  Jesus by the standards of the world died an utter failure. However it is through failure that our “final form” is assured.  I am reminded of the old Gospel hymn that we sing.  “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; and I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.  So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down; I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it some day for a crown.”  Praise be to God!  

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