Have you ever needed help doing something that you could not do for yourself? What was it?
None of us could ever save ourselves could we? None of us could figure out how to be good on our own. None of us could ever pay for our own sins. None of us could ever be righteous like God.
Every single one of us needs Jesus. Because we can’t save ourselves we need a savior. Someone who takes our place. Or, as Paul puts it, someone who exchanges places with us. Listen to how he describes our salvation here in 2 Corinthians 5:21:
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.
Our “think together” question today probably wasn’t very hard to answer was it? We have all needed someone to do something for us that we could not do for ourselves. When you’re a baby there are many things you can’t do like feed yourself or change yourself. And even as we get older there are still many things we need someone to do for us – cook for us, drive us to school, buy our clothes.
As we grow into an adult we are doing almost everything for ourselves, and we can forget that we still need Jesus every day. Why? Because he never stops being our savior. He never stops doing for us what we could never do for ourselves – “becoming the righteousness of God.”
Why would Jesus do all this? Why would he die on the cross? What did the Apostle Paul say?
“For our sake.”
That means Jesus did it because he loves us. He didn’t die for his own sake. He died for our sake. To save us. To rescue us. To take our place. To make us alive instead of dead inside. That’s how much God loves you and me. He loves us so much that he would take the blame for all the bad things we’ve ever done, so that we could get the credit for all the good things he’s ever done.
Now we can become what we already are – “the righteousness of God.”
Because of Jesus our sin is paid for and his righteousness is ours.
With Jesus we areable to be his righteousness in this world.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Here’s a very nice song about Jesus’ sacrifice for us to sing along with.
You took my sin and gave me your righteousness. Thank you for such a great exchange!
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