“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
Would you trade something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless? Probably not. But that is exactly what God did when He gave His one and only Son to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God. It reminds me of an old song by Bill Gaither that I heard again at the funeral of a dear friend.
Something beautiful, something good
All my confusion He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife.
But He made something beautiful of my life.
This is an offer too good to refuse…my sin for His righteousness! It’s the greatest exchange you could ever make! Who could possibly pass on that? If you’re bartering, you exchange items of equal value. But God offers to trade His righteousness for our sin! Why would He do that?
“For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)
What love! How does God do that? British pastor and theologian John Stott said, “Christ has no sin but ours, and we have no righteousness but His.”
When we trust Christ, we make a glorious exchange. He takes our sin and makes us right with God! Our sin was laid on Christ at His crucifixion. His righteousness is given to us when we receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior! Only then can He make something beautiful out of our lives.