Monday, September 1st, 2014
Practice Makes Perfect (Part 2)
Was Jesus Perfect?
And He said to them, 'Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.' '
Luke 13:32 (NKJV)
It was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hebrews 2:10 (NKJV)
For power is perfected in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB)
As a Person, Jesus was united with His purpose: the defeat of death, the redemption of sin and the salvation of mankind. By His resurrection, He became perfect.
Because perfect is 'complete' (Random House Dictionary): 'having all essential elements' (Collins English Dictionary). Perfect comes from a Latin word, 'perfectus', past participle of 'perficere' meaning 'to finish' (Etymology Dictionary). Jesus is The Finisher.
If we use a more common definition of perfect, like 'flawless', Jesus was flawless, too. He lived without blemish, spot or sin. But concerning His work, His perfection was accomplished over His lifetime: a lifetime designed to look like ours. Therein, Jesus of Nazareth faced temptations, trials and suffering.
Why? To show us how the perfection process works: Diamonds are hard pressed. Silver shines from heat. Pearls start as irritation. Babies come through pain. Muscles build in stress. Heroes emerge from disaster. Inventors endure public ridicule. Fame waits beyond failure. Life rises from death.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: as a Person, 'Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man' (Luke 2:52). He had lessons to learn. He practiced the art of being human: the best way to live in a lawless world. Because even for a flawless Man, perfection was a process that took 33 years of practice.
Therefore, you need to practice, too. Because practice does in deed make perfect.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, 'Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People': http://www.amtcdevotions.com/why-do-bad-things-happen-to-good-people
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Practice Makes Perfect series.