The LORD judges the peoples;
judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me. (Psalm 7:8 ESV)
Jesus appears to issue a challenge to the Judge and the Prosecutor in His spiritual trial. He has already given permission to the Judge to deal harshly with Him if any sin is found in Him. Does God need His permission? Jesus rests in God upon His righteousness
“If I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in the dust” (Psalm 7:3-5 ESV).
Jesus has violated no law. Jesus requests God judge Him according to His righteousness and integrity. In every thought, motive, action and word, Jesus adheres perfectly to the eternal Laws of God. This is His righteousness. Jesus kept the Law, not because He had to, knowing the consequences of violating any Law. He kept the Law because He is the Law. He is righteous before God. He kept the Law because He loves the Law. His integrity, which is completeness, innocence, simplicity and uprightness, is founded on His eternal character as the Author of the Law.
Psalms begin by describing only One person, the Blessed Man. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2 ESV). He, the One righteous man, and He alone, shows God perfect love and delight. He intimately knows God is His righteousness. “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! (Psalm 4:1 ESV). Because He is righteous, He is set apart for God and heard by God. “But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him” (Psalm 4:3 ESV). Jesus wants to be led by God in all His ways. “Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me” (Psalm 5:8 ESV). The final outcome is God’s eternal blessing. God will not allow anything to happen to destroy the Blessed Man. “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12 ESV).
Jesus walked among a rebellious people without sinning because He is both God and a true Servant of God, Man the way God intended. He showed the evidence for His authority in every action and word. When He saw true faith in a person, He acknowledged that faith.
And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” (Luke 5:20-24 ESV)
His answer to those who question, challenge and accuse Him of sin, is that He is God. He alone can forgive sin.
His enemies accuse Him of sin by working on the Sabbath and allowing His disciples to break the Sabbath command. Jesus responds to both accusations. “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28 ESV). Jesus declares to those accusing Him of breaking the Law that He is the Author of the Law and the Creator of the universe. God first established the Sabbath observance on the seventh day of creation. On that day God declares His creation finished and He rests. He blesses the seventh day, making it a holy day.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3 ESV)
The integrity of the day is not in the outward observance of strict rules and regulations, followed to show God the self-righteousness of any person. The integrity of the day is found only in those who actually and naturally rest in God because He is at rest. Resting in God comes with a right relationship, had only by the sacrifice of Christ and the taking refuge in Him. He alone is both righteous and has complete integrity before God. Those found in Jesus, though accused of sin by the Deceiver, are declared righteous by God.