He Became Sin

“He made Him to be sin who knew no sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21a)

 Utterly impossible for us to understand is what it’s like to be free of sin. Every single thought, each spoken word, and all our actions are tainted with sin. So sinful are we that often we are unaware of our sins as they happen.

For Jesus, the situation was altogether different. He lived unburdened by sin. Although He was tempted in every way we are tempted, Jesus never gave into temptation. Jesus lived His life in perfect trust of His Father’s goodness and mercy. Never once did Jesus step out of line.

That makes the Scripture passage for today all the more incomprehensible. Jesus never experienced the act of sinning, but on the cross, He became every sin you and I have ever acted out! Like a magnet that stretches all space and time, Jesus drew all our sins from us to Himself. Upon His cross, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became our sins. At that moment, Jesus was the most detestable thing to ever be on this earth. Jesus took this reproach and shame for your good so that we would become the righteousness of God!

Jesus, thank you for removing from me the stain of my sins. Amen.

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Were You Born In a Barn?

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (Luke 2:6)

It was every expectant father’s biggest fear: the baby might come before we’re ready. In the backseat of the car on the way to the hospital would be bad enough, but what if you were stuck out in some old barn? “Um, honey,” Mary said, “I think it’s time!” Joseph’s (possible) response, “But you can’t give birth here! It’s a barn!” How could God allow His Son to be born in such conditions? Jesus is God in the flesh. He should be heralded with trumpet blasts and a good midwife, or at least a nice, clean blanket. But this King of Creation came to us in the most meek way because He who is greatest of all has come to be Servant of all. Nothing else would suffice for the Savior of the World than to be born in a barn, delivered by a nervous new father.

Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to save me. Amen.