Christ came to fulfill the demands of the law on our behalf, and by doing that He brought us peace with God.
Jesus did that because. we. could. not. stand. under. the weight. of. the. l.a.w.
The whole Old Testament law boils down to 2 things. Just follow these 2 things and you have it. The golden ticket to heaven!How hard can that be, right? LOVE GOD. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. How's that going for ya? Yeah-me too.
Those 2 things killed Jesus. What?! I can not fulfill that law perfectly. You can not fulfill that law either. Our total lack of obedience (sin) in these 2 areas are what sent Jesus to the cross. Take a look at the Ten Commandments. The first 5 are loving God and the second 5 are loving your neighbor. I have broken every one of those and you have too. It was my inability to meet the requirements that God demands of me. I can't make me as perfect as I need to be and stand in His presence. I need a substitute. I need saved from myself and the wrath of God. I need Jesus.
My works don't earn me points in the salvation category. In fact-most of the time it proves me to be a huge sinner. I will be the first one to admit that I don't love God with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength and I do a pretty lousy job of loving others to boot. Oh-I give it my best shot-I clean up pretty good. But that isn't going to cut it. God requires perfection-and we are imperfect. And, since we are all human-it is my guess you are in the same boat as me.
Christ died for 2 things that we couldn't do. Obey the law and obey it perfectly. No one on this planet is capable of loving God to that degree and then loving a fellow human being...perfectly.
AND. GOD. KNEW. YOU. COULDN'T. SO. HE. SENT. JESUS. TO. DO. IT. FOR. YOU. He perfectly obeyed every command that God outlined in Scripture, in your place and on your behalf. FOR YOU. When God called you to Himself He placed you securely INSIDE the person of Christ. God looks on you through the blood of Christ. That is why Jesus is your RIGHT STANDING BEFORE GOD.That is why Jesus is your SUBSTITUTE. That is why there is NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.
I am redeemed when I am found in Jesus. You are redeemed when you are found in Jesus. Christ fulfilled what the law demanded of you and by doing so it gives us peace with God. That creates a heart of worship and gratitude! Read this passage slowly and soak in the promise and blessing of Christ living in you.
" But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him...But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities."
Isaiah 53: 4-6, 10-11
GOD BRUISED CHRIST TO MAKE YOU HIS BRIDE. GODS WRATH THAT WAS INTENDED FOR YOU WAS ABSORBED BY JESUS. My sin-imperfections-disobedience and each iniquity is paid for...and yours are too...and that makes me worship.