Have you ever done any baking and forgot to add an ingredient to the recipe? Did it turn out the way you remember it turning out or look like the picture? You checked off every ingredient as you went through the recipe but overlooked one and then the final product came out and you went, hmm, that’s not how I thought it would turn out. Maybe you were watching the NFL football game between the Vikings and Saints last Sunday. Did you see the last play of the game? The defensive man dove at the receivers legs but missed! He put his head down and whiffed on the tackle totally and the Vikings receiver went into score the winning touchdown, no time left on the clock. He missed the tackle by “that” much.
The old Get Smart tv show always had Maxwell Smart saying “Missed it by, that much”. He would always be close but just miss it but somehow it worked out for him. Well, our sin misses the mark of perfection that God demands. We miss the mark by a lot more than “that” much. We could never make up the deficit or align our site on the target on our own. But God in his loving mercy provided us a true and perfect fulfillment of his demand in Jesus. We have no worries or fears of falling short when we look to Jesus
Think of it this way: If life is like climbing a ladder, one rung at a time, and you think you are living a good life getting closer to God, up a rung you go. However, when you sin you slide back down a rung. Could you ever be sure that you could attain heaven by climbing the ladder and making up for your sins? No. We’re sinful from birth, sinful from the time our mother conceives us. But, in Christ, we have the full forgiveness of sins,the debt if paid and perfection is ours through him. We are at the top of the ladder through Jesus Christ. No fears, no worries, just finished and completed for you and for me.
Rejoice knowing you are a redeemed child of God with a home in heaven waiting for you.