The one who scored the highest. Who set the standard out of reach for everyone else. Who made your grade stay low instead of being scaled up after a hard test.
So when R.C. Sproul pointed out that Jesus was a curve breaker, I got it.
No wonder the Pharisees and Sadducees hated him. In a side by side comparison, they failed miserably.
If God were to grade on a curve, the last man you want taking the same test as you is his genius boy.
Unless...unless...when he takes the test, he trades grades with you. You get his perfect score. And he takes your F.
That’s radical. And it can change the way you look at Jesus. If you think you have to compete with him, you won’t like him. But if you realize he’s earning bonus points to give them all to you, you’ll love him.
Sproul continued on in chapter 4 in The Holiness of God to say that sometimes Christians get the same reaction that Jesus got:
No one sees Him or speaks audibly with Him in the flesh today. Yet the threatening power of His holiness is still felt. Sometimes it is transferred to His people. As the Jews at the foot of Mount Sinai fled in terror from the dazzling face of Moses, so people today get uncomfortable in the mere presence of Christians.
He even goes so far to say that:
Holiness provokes hatred. The greater the holiness, the greater the human hostility toward it. It seems insane. No man was ever more loving than Jesus Christ.
But if it’s true that “sinful people are not comfortable in the presence of the holy,” then we all should be uncomfortable.
Except...except...for that exchange: my sin for his holiness. And after he paid the price for my sin by taking on the wrath of God, he got his holiness back. So all is well.
I don’t have to be afraid of this curve-breaker.
I can cheer him on instead.
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