He committed no sin and no deceit was found in His mouth” (I Peter 2 : 22)
As the hymn writer wrote ‘There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin.’ Jesus was perfect and had to perform the role He undertook.
“God made Him who had no sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5 : 21). “ We have One who has been tempted in ’ every way, just as we are yet was without sin. ” (Hebrews 4 : 15). Peter, writing of our redemption, “…but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (I Peter l : 19).
The Lord is perfect. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him. ” (Psalm 18 : 30). “His works are perfect and all His ways are just. A faithful God, who does no wrong, upright and just is He. ” (Deuteronomy 32 : 4).
Of necessity, human perfection can only be relative to Divine perfection, rather than a `carbon copy. We are doubtless amused at the story of the man who said, ‘I used to be conceited but now I’m perfect’.
On the human level, James writes in his epistle, “We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep the whole body in check. ” (James 3 : 2).
Jesus set the target when He said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect. ” (Matthew 5 : 48).
Paul spoke for us all when he said “Aim for perfection. ” (2 Corinthians l3 : 11).
Jesus Christ our Lord was perfect
The only one without defect.
Lamb of God without a blemish,
He His Father’s work did finish.
We with all our faults and failings,
Want to see the good prevailing.
We seek His help in Jesus’ name.
That better things shall be our aim.