II Corinthians 5:11-21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. II Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
This small verse is perhaps the best summary in all of Scripture of the greatest news in the world. In these few words, Paul lays out the heart of the Gospel. We do well to linger here and allow the richness and beauty of Christ and His Cross to impact us deeply.
Jesus do not just pay for our sin or erase our sin, He BECAME our sin. He, who was absolutely innocent, suffered not just the penalty for sin, He placed Himself IN OUR PLACE. This is the ultimate expression of self-sacrificial live. In so doing, He totally satisfied the wrath of God. He carried it away.
But, even beyond that, He IMPUTES to us His righteousness. He bestows perfect righteousness on us. This is not just so we could HAVE the righteousness of God, but that we would BE the righteousness of God. This is heady stuff!
Most believers have barely begun to touch the magnitude of what God has done for us in Christ. If we ever unleash this power and truth, it will be explosive! It will change you.
So DRINK DEEPLY. Savor the majesty of the grace of God. This is glorious territory. LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE!!!!