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Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright is Jesus!! Good morning, reader! As I read today’s verse, I imagined the cross and what Christ’s work on that cross represents. Think with me for a moment. Our Saviour stretched out His arms on that cross to receive us to Himself because of what He went through for our benefit. Amen? His work allowed us to “look up” to Him as He sacrificed Himself and accept that His sacrifice, once for all sin, is all that salvation requires. It is nothing we can do in order to gain entrance to Heaven, but entrance to Heaven is based on Christ.

Our verse reminds us that Christ is upright! Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines “upright” as:

UPRIGHT, a. upri’te or up’rite. [up and right. This word is marked in books with the accent on the first syllable. But it is frequently pronounced with the accent on the second, and the accent on the first syllable of its derivatives is inadmissible.]

  1. Erect; perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; as an upright tree; an upright post. Among mechanics, plumb.
  2. Erected; pricked up; shooting directly from the body.
    All have their ears upright –
    With chatt’ring teeth and bristling hair upright.
  3. Honest; just; adhering to rectitude in all social intercourse; not deviating from correct moral principles; as an upright man. Job 1.
  4. Conformable to moral rectitude.
    Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure.

I was especially drawn to number three’s definition: “Honest; just; adhering to rectitude in all social intercourse; not deviating from correct moral principles. Not one human being since the creation of man can fulfill this 100%!

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

None can claim that they are sinless, friend! You can look at someone you think is quite righteous, but you will find that they have a deep secret and that secret is an admission to their own sins.

Psa 53:3  Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

You may be thinking, “Yes, but Kate, what about Mother Teresa? Surely she is the example of a perfect and sinless life.” But let me share something from CBS News. You can find the complete article at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/letters-reveal-mother-teresas-secret/

“Shortly after beginning work in Calcutta’s slums, the spirit left Mother Teresa.

“Where is my faith?” she wrote. “Even deep down… there is nothing but emptiness and darkness… If there be God — please forgive me.”

“Eight years later, she was still looking to reclaim her lost faith.

“Such deep longing for God… Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal,” she said.

“As her fame increased, her faith refused to return. Her smile, she said, was a mask.

“What do I labor for?” she asked in one letter. “If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true.”

One can devote their entire life to Christ’s work on earth, but without accepting the fact that Christ is the only way to get to Heaven, that work is futile. There can be no peace without Christ. There isn’t a church or leader that can bring salvation. Just because you are a member of the catholic church, it doesn’t mean that you are going to Heaven. The catholic church’s teachings mean nothing. However, Christ’s teachings through the scriptures are what you need.

Jesus said: Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The pope, Mary, the saints, the stations of the cross, the rosary – none of these things will help you gain entrance to Heaven. Only Christ. Jesus said, “It is finished:” in John 19:30. What was finished? The continuous sacrificing of animals and adherence to Jewish law could not equal to what Jesus did on the cross. When Jesus died on that cross, the vein of the temple was torn from top to bottom.

Mar 15:38  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

The manner on which it was torn (top to bottom) signifies that God removed the barrier between man and Himself. Mankind was now able to have direct communion with the Heavenly Father through Christ! No longer would man have to look to others (horizontally) for salvation but they could now look up (vertically) and receive the free gift of salvation. Not even all of Mother Teresa’s works could assure her entrance to Heaven. If her works could have been enough, she would not have been so tormented.

Eph 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Turn to Jesus, my friend! He is the only way!

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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