FREE FROM SIN
2Cor. 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Is. 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
To think about the cross and it’s effect on our lives is quite amazing and frankly, quite humbling. To know that His love for me and my sinful condition is what brought about Calvary is the greatest of all revelations. That is the place life evermore begins. When Christ surrendered His will to the Father in Gethsemane, He was agreeing to more than just a horrible death. He was agreeing to become a sin offering, He was accepting the punishment for the sins of fallen man. As He agonized in prayer in the garden, He was given a glimpse of then horrible price involved in redeeming man. Christ surrendered to the plan to save us from eternal suffering. Spurgeon spoke of the beauty of redemption, check this out.
” Look to thy perfect Lord, and remember, thou art complete in him; thou art in God’s sight as perfect as if thou hadst never sinned; nay, more than that, the Lord our Righteousness hath put a divine garment upon thee, so that thou hast more than the righteousness of man-thou hast the righteousness of God. O thou who art mourning by reason of inbred sin and depravity, remember, none of thy sins can condemn thee. Thou hast learned to hate sin; but thou hast learned also to know that sin is not thine-it was laid upon Christ’s head. Thy standing is not in thyself-it is in Christ; thine acceptance is not in thyself, but in thy Lord; thou art as much accepted of God to-day, with all thy sinfulness, as thou wilt be when thou standest before his throne, free from all corruption. O, I beseech thee, lay hold on this precious thought, perfection in Christ! For thou art complete in him. With thy Saviour’s garment on, thou art holy as the Holy one. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Christian, let thy heart rejoice, for thou art accepted in the beloved-what hast thou to fear?”
What an amazing result of Christ’s death, we have not only been forgiven, but clothed with Christ. We were once enemies of God, children of disobedience, now we are sons, sons and daughters of Almighty God. He paid the ultimate price so that we could receive the ultimate gift, the righteousness of Christ counted to our account.
As we celebrate the Passion of Christ again this week, think about His suffering. Think about His love for us that brought about this suffering. He died so that we could live.