For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin. – Ecclesiastes 7v20
As a part of Solomon’s quest he tried to find a right and sinless man so he could see how he did it. In all of the emptiness of life, surely, if I could find a perfect man there would be hope.
But there is no just man. There is no one who does not sin. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is no one good, no not one.
That might leave Solomon, and man today, in utter despair. If there is not a single righteous man on the face of the earth what hope is there?
We have good news that Solomon would get a glimpse of later on, but would never see clearly. We know that one Man is good. One Man does not sin. One Man is perfect.
There is more good news. This one just Man did something no one else could do. Jesus provides the hope that no one else is qualified to do. He provides the hope that no one else can. Since every other man is a sinner, no one is truly worth following but Him.
All have sinned; all but One. He is the only place to find the hope that Solomon, like all men, look for.