I hate exams.

I’ve been rated since the day I was born. It began with pre-school applications, then kindergarten appraisals.

It continued all throughout my elementary school and high school years, and then into college.

Just when I thought I was through with them, they raised their ugly head again with job performance reviews at work.

Then, as I got older, it became my doctor and the yearly check-in.

“Doc, I swear, I stayed on the diet, honest.”

Truth is, nobody likes to score low.

Everyone of us wants to be brilliant, successful, and on top of our game.

But failure is a part of life. It’s woven into our daily lives like a tapestry.

And no one is exempt.

Remember Cain? He murdered his brother; Noah got drunk after the flood; King David committed adultery and murder; Jacob was a cheat; Samson was a womanizer; Moses disobeyed God and wasn’t allowed into the Promised Land.

And those were some of the bright lights in our history! 

Why do we recoil at the failures of a sports figure, a politician, a movie star or even someone closer like a family member?

The fact is we are experts at failure. That’s what we do best.

Why is that?

Because we miss the mark.Bull's Eye

Everyday.

The Scriptures call that sin.

There’s only been one Person in human history that hit the mark every time.

His name is Yeshua (Jesus). God’s only Son.

Listen to God’s verdict about him:

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” – Matthew 17:5 ESV

Listen to God’s verdict about us:

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. – Isaiah 64:6 NIV

Our only hope lies somewhere outside of us. It’s found in trusting Jesus, who lived a perfect life of hitting the mark for us, then died for our sins, and was received by God with open approval.

So if you’re looking to pass the exam, there’s only one way to do it, and it’s to put your trust in Yeshua the Jewish Messiah who earned 100% for you.

“However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.” – Romans 4:5 NIV

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