Many believe they are ready to meet God because their good outweighs their bad. God’s truth is that all have sinned and fall short of his glory. The standard isn’t the balance of scales, it is God’s holiness and glory. There is good news: Jesus met God’s standard for us!
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
Jesus shared in our humanity so that he could break the power of Satan and darkness over us as people. Jesus freed us from slavery to sin and fear of death. Fear of death is a big deal for a lot of people – perhaps more pronounced today than anyone’s concern about sin.
I think people are afraid of death for death’s sake and not because they think they have sinned. Rather, most people believe they are ready to meet God because they believe their good outweighs their bad. For most people, that false confidence has nothing to do with fearing the unknown of death.
Death has lost its sting for us because we know the truth of death. We know that when we die our good will not outweigh our bad. The truth of Romans 3:23 will never changed: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
The standard is not a balance of scales. Our standard is the glory of God.
Jesus has met that standard fully, even though he took on humanity and was tempted just like us. The difference is that Jesus made everlasting atonement – once and for all – for each of us.
We do not need to fear death because we will stand before God trusting in the one who met God’s standard for us, and who paid the penalty for us falling short.
Praise Jesus for this incredible gift of freedom and assurance!