Is a sterile procedure still sterile if only just one of the supplies is contaminated? How much time can I remove my mask and gloves while doing a sterile procedure? Would a surgeon let me into his operating room unless I had properly scrubbed and gowned myself? What if I were a person who had done a lot of nice things for him? Do you think he would make an exception to infection control procedures because I’m so nice? What’s the big deal with being sterile anyway? Shouldn’t “mostly clean” be good enough? Shouldn’t my good intentions and great attitude outweigh the need to be sterile? I think the “garb” is constricting, why should he get to dictate what I wear? Shouldn’t the surgeon just be a little more understanding?
Just as there is a difference between “clean” and “sterile”, there is a difference between “good person” and “perfect person”. Jesus told us to “be perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:48) The Bible explains that in Heaven, “there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth.” (Rev 21:27) Defileth means anything that’s not perfect. Wait, what?! I have to be perfect to go to Heaven?! I can’t be perfect! No one is perfect! Well, the Bible agrees with that! “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Rom 3:10) All the people who ever lived, that includes us, will have to be decontaminated before being allowed into the presence of a purely, perfect, Holy God. That decontaminate is Jesus Christ who “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Phill 2:7) Germs need to be killed so they don’t cause harm, and sin requires the same thing, “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23) Every single sin I commit, no matter how small, keeps me from being perfect. How much impurity can be mixed with perfect for perfect to still be perfect? None!! Jesus took on Himself all the sins of the whole world, and allowed Himself to be killed for sins that were not His! He chose “to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”(2 Cor 5:21) He did that so that sin’s power to condemn me could be broken, once and for all. “Where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” (Heb 10:18)
Jesus won over sin for good when He brought Himself back to life. Sin died. Jesus lived! “Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:2) Just as a surgeon puts on his special garb going into the operating room to be sterile, I have to “put on” Jesus Christ to go to Heaven. His perfectness covers my imperfectness. God sees me and accepts me based completely on the covering of Jesus Christ. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) There is one way to God, one truth explaining God, and one source of life for my soul. God never wanted anyone to be confused about the way to Heaven. He loves us so much! Sin is a taker, but God is a giver! “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom 6:23)
So. Are you perfect? Are you counting on being “good enough” to get into Heaven, or are you trusting the death and life of Jesus Christ? “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Rom 10:9) It really is just that easy!