Christianity in 60 Seconds
PAW to share with the campus community
"He made Him, Who knew no sin, sin for us,
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."
Lemme unpack those 15 Greek words.
He, God, made Jesus sin.
'Whattya mean He made Jesus sin?' Only in one sense:
He treated Him as if He had committed every sin ever committed by every person who would ever believe,
though in fact He committed none of them.
Hanging on the Cross He was holy, harmless, undefiled,
Hanging on the Cross He was a spotless lamb.
He was never for a split second a sinner.
He is Holy God on the Cross.
But God is treating Him -- I'll put it more practically -- as if He lived my life.
God punished Jesus for my sin, turns right around and treats me as if I lived His life.
That's the great Doctrine of Substitution, and on that doctrine turned the whole Reformation of the Church; that is the heart of the Gospel.
And what you get is complete forgiveness, covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
When He looks at the Cross He sees you, when He looks at you He sees Christ.