2015.02.27: righteousness

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” – Mt: 5:20

righteousness: morally upright, without guilt,
without sin. a word that casted fear into my
heart. how can i be more righteous than the
impeccable rule followers? am i doomed to
the netherworld? and if a righteous man
turns from the virtuous path before death,
the rest of his life counts for nought? what
kind of righteousness is that, Ezekiel?

thank God for the Word Incarnate, he who
brings the kingdom of God, a new heaven
and a new earth. his kingdom doesn’t depend
on the righteousness of humans. his kingdom
is founded on divine righteousness. in the
baptism of the sinful, he took on our sins:
past, present, and future. through his death
on the cross our sins died with him. with his
resurrection from the dead we rise with his
righteousness to a life everlasting. he remains
with us still, he lives in us, and he acts through
us – the Body of Christ. that is the good news.
we do not have to enter the kingdom of heaven
on our righteousness. we enter the kingdom of
heaven with, in, and through the righteousness
of Emmanuel, God with us. Praise be to God.

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