Part 5 of 6 Jesus and the Cross Holy Week Reflections
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The penalty and debt of human sin had to be paid in full. No I.O.U.’s allowed. So God sent His son to die for sin. Even while Jesus was the sinless, spotless, perfect lamb of God, our sin and God’s righteous judgment and wrath was poured out on him. He who knew no sin was punished for our sin.
And here is the best part. While we continually sin, lie, cheat, lust, break command after command, Jesus’ right-ness (or righteousness) is imparted (or imputed – big theological word) to us. His perfect life is given to us and our sinful life is placed upon him. This is the great exchange in that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Jesus’ life and death are offered to all, however, his sacrificial blood is only applied to those who believe upon him by faith. This is the only way for our sin to be ultimately dealt with before a holy God.