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Jesus…God’s Difference

October 6, 20110 Comments

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..”

Those words should sound familiar, they’re from our Declaration of Independence.  These words are the basis for what made this country great.  While I don’t want to diminish the truth found in that statement, I do add that while all are created equal, God makes a difference between men!

God distinguishes His people from Pharoah’s people

I’m quite for sure you remember the Exodus story, the historical account of the children of Israel being taken out of slavery in Egypt. Just in case I’ll give the premise of the story. God sends Moses and His brother Aaron to the Pharoah of Egypt with a message, the message was simple; basically, Pharoah I’m God, you haven’t heard of me, but you got my people and you’ve had them long enough, let them Go!  This didn’t go over well with Pharoah, first because He didn’t know this God, Pharoah had his own gods, second the Hebrews at that time were building his city, brick by brick.

As Moses went back and forth delivering the messages God was sending to Pharoah.  We have it recorded three times that God was going to make a difference between His people and Pharoah’s people. Read the following:

I will make a difference between My people and your people. Tomorrow this sign shall be.” (Exo 8:23 Italics added)

And the LORD will make a difference between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt. So nothing shall die of all that belongs to the children of Israel.” ( Exo 9:4 Italics added) 

“But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” (Exo_11:7 Italics added)

God made a difference between the Israelites and the Egyptians, He made a difference between what was His and what was not His.  He did that some 4-5 thousand years ago, but is God still making a difference between men and women today? 

Jesus is God’s difference!

” All men are created equal…”, so true and in God’s eyes all men have sinned just as equal.  We all stand with the same filthy rags, before a Holy God. There’s no difference, we’re all sin stained in God’s eyes, and stand guilty before Him.    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23)

So what does God do, when He wants us to be with Him, but we’re too filthy to be in His presence? He makes a difference!

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;” (Rom 3:21-22)

Jesus is God’s difference to a world of condemned, dying men and women, Jesus is God’s righteousness, and we attain to it by faith in Him.  Where we were once sin saturated, now we have the righteousness of God.

Faith in Jesus is our justification (Rom 5:16), or rather how we are cleared from the condemnation that is upon us (John 3:18), we can’t justify ourselves.  Jesus is God’s top choice, the only one who lived without sin.  He’s God’s Way, every man must come by Him, if not they don’t get Him! Jesus has the only name given under heaven by which man can be saved.  Jesus is the line of demarcation, God’s difference in this world, to all who believe.

Paul said it this way, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Co 4:5)

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