2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
This breathtaking verse brings us to the great exchange of Easter’s Good Friday crucifixion. Jesus became sin, however, not by his own actions. He Himself never committed one sin. He was spotless, flawless, the completely innocent Lamb of God.
No, it was God His Father who made him sin. He ‘laid’ on Him the sins of all humanity. He imputed all our sins to Jesus as though it was He who had committed them. Him, who ‘knew’ no sin, became sin. He may have been tempted, but He never yielded to taste the pleasures of sin and then it’s inevitable dark consequences. No, it was our sins that were imputed to Him, in exactly the same way that His righteousness is imputed to us.
This is the transaction God had planned from the beginning of the world. The righteousness we receive which we have never been capable of rising to, is not just an ordinary human goodness. This the righteousness of God Himself, given as a free gift to those who believe. This exchange takes place in those two small words at the end of Paul’s sentence, ‘in Him’. In Christ He takes our sin and we take His righteousness. This is our salvation complete.
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