Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient to His Father’s plan. So willing to carry out God’s glorious purpose, He was willing to die for us. But more than just dying for us, He was willing to bare all the sin of the world – past, present and future sins He bared on that cross. In doing so He made all those who would believe in Him righteous before God.
Let’s take some time to revisit why the statement “He Became Sin for Us” is so important.
First, God is Holy and He expects us to be holy. Leviticus 19:2 NKJV, ““Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.”” However, there’s a problem with us being holy. We can’t do it. Romans 3:23 NKJV, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.
God being just and righteous has to deal with the sin problem. We see in Romans 6:23 NKJV, “For the wages of sin is death”. In the Old Testament the children of Israel were given instructions on how to offer sacrifices for the atonement of sin. The blood of animals, however, could not erase the sin of the people. Only perfect spotless animals were offered. But an animal’s life was not a perfect substitute for a human life. That’s where Jesus comes into to play. He was God – holy, perfect, undefiled and willing to give His life as the ransom needed to set us free.
Isaiah 53:4-6 NKJV says Jesus was carried our sin upon himself, “He was bruised for our iniquities;…And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV says “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Don’t miss that last verse where is says “to be sin for us”. Jesus Christ, the perfect lamb of God, who was God incarnate, who knew no sin became sin for us. All the sins of the world, past, present and future were laid upon Jesus. Because He carried all that sin for us, His Father God Almighty, the Holy One had to look away and at that moment, for the first time in His life, Christ was no longer connected to His Father. He was separated from God as the penalty of sin was carried out on Him.
Why is this so important to understand? Without the death of Christ, we are unable to cleanse ourselves to stand before God. Only a pure, blameless, spotless, sin-free offering could be traded for our purification. There is only one who is pure, blameless, spotless, and sin-free that is God Himself. Don’t you see, my friend, God took our sin upon Himself, who knew no sin. He bared the consequences of our sin, so we could live and be accepted by God.
Lord Jesus, thank you for choosing to die in my place. Thank you for being perfect and sinless offering to satisfy God’s wrath towards sin. Thank you for setting me free from a life of sin and giving me to opportunity to stand righteous before God. In your precious name, Jesus I pray these things. Amen.
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