We have searched out the source of morality. We have found it. We now anxiously wait to learn how we measure up to it.
The answer is, we all fail.
According to Jesus, anyone who is angry at a brother or sister is subject to judgment similar to a murderer. Anyone who offers a minor insult to a brother or sister is in danger of hell. Any man who looks at a woman lustfully is guilty of adultery. If anyone is not better than the spiritual teachers, he will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5)
None of us measures up to the moral law, and this is why most of us do not like to think about morality. According to the Bible, we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). The penalty for our sin is death (Romans 6:23). Why did we ever start down this path in search of morality? If we are condemned to death, at least let us go through life in the peace of ignorance.
The same God who orchestrated a way for us to know His moral law, is the same God whom we have disobeyed by breaking his moral law. Yet there is hope. He has also provided a way for us to be forgiven for our sins. That is why Jesus came. He came to forgive us of our sins.
Yet that was not the only reason he came. John 1:12-13 reads, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. Children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision nor a husband’s will, but born of God.”
Jesus not only grants us forgiveness of sins. He also grants us adoption as children of God. If you believe in Jesus, you are a child of God. Your heavenly Father is King of the Universe. That makes you a prince or princess. You are royalty.
If you do not believe, why not? You have been offered not only redemption, but unlimited access to God (whom you can now call “Father”). The fear of approaching the Lawgiver is gone. You have been forgiven and offered more than you ever could have dreamed. Why would you turn that away?