The first message was given by Dave Harvey. It was out of Romans 5:18-19, which says:
(18) Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. (19) For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.
Basically, Mr. Harvey talked on Jesus' life. Well, more on how He lived his life, I guess. As Christians, we focus on Jesus' death, which is good, but we tend to forget about his life.
The death of Christ was sufficient to take away our sins. His death paid that penalty. So, why did He have to live a perfect life?
Because, if He had not lived that life, if he had not been perfect, if He had not been good, which man is not, then that's right where we would be.... sinless.... but not righteous.
When Christ gave himself for us, we did not only receive His lack of sin, we received His credit as well. Basically, as I've heard it said (forgot who, exactly... it's been quoted a bunch) that God treated Christ as we deserved, so that He could treat us as Christ deserved. Basically, all the good that Christ had perfectly done, all His obedience and righteousness was put onto us. God sees us in Christ, in His perfectness, in His righteousness. Wherever we have failed, Christ has succeeded. He was tempted in all the ways we were, but He was without sin.
Because of Christ's righteous life, we are no longer in the negative.... but we aren't neutral either.... we have been given a full account of what Christ has done.
Is this not glorious?!
So, where does that leave us? Why is this important to understand?
I. It fills out what God sees when He looks at us. He sees all that Christ did when He looks at us. Doesn't that make such a difference? When we fail, when we feel covered, soiled with sin, God sees Christ. Sure, sin can get in the way of our relationship, but God's arms are still open. All our filth was washed away. We can approach with confidence. We also can earn nothing with our our obedience. Christ has already earned everything we have.
II. It positions us so that our choices and obedience matters. Why does it matter? Because of the cross. Sin does alter our relationship with God. But, God has written His law on our hearts. Because of the cross, we are given new hearts, hearts that desire to follow and obey God. We want to know our God, our Savior, more. Obedience strengthens our relationship with God. God also promises rewards for those who are obedient as well. Basically, God gives us a desire to obey Him, which strengthens our relationship with Him, and we will be rewarded for it. How great is that?
So, Christ's life does matter. If He would have just come and died, we wouldn't have the great relationship that we have with Him now..... which leaves me with another topic to discuss at another time... maybe you can comment..... Are we better off now than Adam was? Anyways, I hope this encourages you. Isn't God great? (can we say understatement?)