Words from the Heart for Thursday March 1st, 2018
Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.
II Corinthians 5:21 (NIRV)
He Became Sin
Oh what amazing grace of our God! We did not have enough “good” in our lives to satisfy God. What could be done? We could never save ourselves. Christ stepped into our impossible place. He was perfect without any sin. This perfect One took the place for sinners and gave them right standing with God. That’s an exchange of love. Give Him praise!
Canada will be much more a country of immigrants two decades from now than it is now, according to Statistics Canada. By the time Canada rolls out the 2036 census, the federal statistical agency says that the country will be shaped even more by many of the trends we’re seeing today: Over a third of the working-age population, potentially as high as 40 per cent, will be visible minorities. In a related trend, over half of the immigrant population will be from Asian countries.
The Bible teaches something about the role of Jesus in our redemption. It takes a bit of thinking through but we must, because this is foundational to our faith. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the apostle Paul says: “Christ didn’t have any sin. But God made him become sin for us. So we can be made right with God because of what Christ has done for us.” Jesus was the only perfect human being. Both Peter and John support Paul’s teaching here that Jesus was completely without sin. So what does Paul mean when he says that Christ became sin? Paul chose his words carefully. Notice that he did not say Jesus became a sinner. What he is saying is that Jesus became the representative sin-bearer. He identified 100 percent with the sin of the world when He died on the cross. God treated Jesus as if He were sin itself. Why? For us. When we are joined with Christ by faith we are made right with God. Jesus, who was sinless, became sin for us so that we, who are sinful, are made right with Christ when united with Him by faith.
These have been words from the heart.