He Became Sin
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
When the apostle Paul wrote this verse, he was speaking of Jesus. Jesus was perfect in every way. He lived in flesh as a human, and yet never sinned. He was always obedient to the Father. Every. Single. Time.
I think we sometimes think that in Jesus’ perfection, he was never really tempted by sin. But, this is contrary to what we learn from the author of Hebrews when he wrote: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)(emphasis mine). Jesus was tempted just like we are. There were probably opportunities for him to desire something different than complete obedience to the Father, but simply didn’t go there. In his actions, nor in his heart.
So, Jesus, who never, not one time, sinned.. He became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. Because of Jesus, the chains of sin have been broken. They’ve fallen. The chains no longer have a hold on us.
Have you been set free? Have you trusted Jesus to pay the wages of your sin? Or, will you stand before The Judge on the day of Judgement and be required to pay the wages of your sin?
If you’re free, thank Jesus right now! Sing a song of praise to Him. Tell someone that you’ve been set free and they can be set free also!
~ James Oliver
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