We are a forgetful people, and more often than not, we forget that we need to be saved. I do not mean just a one-time “come to Jesus” moment; we need an everyday rescue, “pull me from the pit because I am sinking fast” type of saving. The sad part is that most of us do not realize the critical state we are in. The routine of everyday life and the self-sufficiency of our daily plans can lull us into a spiritual sleep. We can cruise on auto-pilot as long as no major emergencies are happening around us. We go to church, read the Bible, pray and take care of other business, believing that we are good.
The pharisees thought they were good, too. The self-sufficiency of their routine fooled them into thinking they were the righteous lights of the world. As long as they abided by the law, or at least appeared to keep the law, they were prospering in eyes of men. But we know that is not true. The pharisees lost sight of their first love and did not realize how far they had already sunk into the pit of self-righteousness.
We are all in desperate need of saving, and in spite of our best efforts at making ourselves righteous through what we do, we just cannot attain goodness ourselves. But our Father in heaven has showered his great love on us through Jesus Christ. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” (2 Cor 5:21, ESV). Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have been set free from the work of trying to make ourselves right. Through the work of the cross, we are free from self-deception and can finally see clearly! We are in eternal need and our needs can only be met through the risen savior.
My prayer as we enter into this Easter season is that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened once more. Remember the hope to which we have been called, the inheritance we have received, and the immeasurable power shown to us by the cross of Jesus Christ. Remember the gospel of your salvation.