A matter of perspective
A little under a year ago, I taught a class on Hebrews 10.
28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
Now, before I continue I should explain to those of you who weren’t in the class – that the author of Hebrews is warning Jewish Christians not to return to the sacrificial system in the Temple. He has made his case over the book that Christ’s sacrifice is once and for all, and unlike the Temple Sacrificial System is efficacious for all time. In other words, if you go back to the sacrificial system, you are slapping God in the face for sending His Son. If the blood of bulls and goats were sufficient, then why would God sacrifice that which is most Precious to Him (Jesus?).
Okay, that’s the argument – but I was thinking of the nature of perspectives.
Have you ever been miffed at someone? You have your case as to why they have wronged you, how they have treated you unfairly, etc, etc. You go to confront them, ready to unleash your wrath upon them. But then they speak and let you know what their feelings on the matter are. After that it might hit you, “Woah! I didn’t see this from their perspective!” Soon, your argument and hostile feelings fall apart.
I think this is how it will be with us and God. The person who tries to get right with God through their own good works is prepared to go before God’s throne and say, “God – I did all these good things, I was a righteous person – I did the best that I could!”.
The Lord of Heaven and Earth could then ask them a question like this, “If you could do all those things on your own, why did I have to send my Son? Why would I want to send Him to the Cross? To be humiliated, to suffer, to die at the hands of those whom He Himself created? Did I do those things for my own amusement since you are capable of saving yourself?”
At that point, the arguments that we have about our own righteousness will fall apart. We will have Insulted the Spirit of Grace. And we will see things from His perspective.