Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Great Exchange

Luke 24:6-7He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”

The gospel message is that Jesus Christ came into the world to be the death of sin, and in His death, there would be the salvation of the world. I read that when Jesus was on trial, the eternal bliss or woe for countless hundreds of millions hung delicately in the balance. But, if anyone will honestly examine Jesus’ trials (both Jewish and Roman) there can only be one conclusion, these trials were, in almost every detail, totally illegal. When Jesus stood before the bar of human justice, He received nothing but injustice. But, we must keep in mind that one day we shall all stand before the bar of divine justice.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

The article pointed out though that in another sense, the trial of Christ was perfectly legal. Looking at Jesus’ trial from the divine perspective, we see that God convicted Him of real sin – our sin – which were imputed to Him. It was our sin that was on trial. Jesus paid the wages of sin in our place as an atoning sacrifice. In the highest sense, Jesus was legally tired and legally condemned by God for us. How can we ever thank Him enough?

1 John 2:2 “He (Jesus) Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”

In Christ, Brian

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