My Daily Journal:
Perfect Practice. There is an old saying that practice makes perfect. But as any coach or personal trainer will tell you, this is not true. Practicing the wrong golf swing over and over and over again will not make that a perfect golf swing, it will just make you really comfortable with doing it incorrectly. Practicing playing a piece on the piano with the wrong note over and over makes you really good at playing the wrong note. It takes perfect practice to lead to perfect.
Perfect practice isn’t exciting. It doesn’t have lots of conflict or drama. It is the daily drill and practice of the Armed Forces. It is the miles trekked by a cross-country runner. It is hard work. It is discipline. But it isn’t much to write about.
This is the life Jesus led. Every day he faced temptation; temptations that are faced at every age and stage of life. He was not hidden away, he lived with family, he attended feasts, he interacted with others. But He did it all without sin.
Jesus’ perfect practice was a practice of perfection.
He grew and became strong, filled with wisdom and grace. He knew His Father and did His work. He was obedient, grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man
i. perfected through suffering, made high priest to Abraham’s kids
ii. High priest, tempted in every way, yet did not sin
iii. prayed: cries and tears. Obedient in suffering, perfect, source
He is not a distant, unattached being – He was fully human, a son of Abraham, who was tempted, but did not yield to sin. His death was not the payment of His sin, it was for ours – Fully obedient to pay the price of disobedience
He was a child, a son, a man. He had the wisdom and spirit of God, but he had the body fully of a man, suffering temptation, pain, tears, separation, but always obedient.