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An Unfair Exchange

March 28, 2017, 11:57 AM

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” II Corinthians 5:21

"Whenever you think, that life is not fair; think of the cross of Christ.”

The cross of Christ was the scene of the greatest exchange in history.  Jesus was not just arrested, beaten, spit upon, and crucified to die as a martyr...

He died as the substitute for all who will believe, repent, and call on Him as Lord and Savior!  He became sin, for us.  

That means that He carried all of our sins and buried them in the grave and left them in Hell.  Every sin you can possibly imagine, and even the ones you cannot bring yourself to fathom was laid on Him who knew no sin.  

Every lie, murder, act of bullying, sexual sin, pride, every evil, lust, rebellion, selfishness, hatred, violence, every self-righteous and self indulgent act, everything...anything that is opposite of Godliness and God Himself was laid on Christ and was paid for once and for all.  

But that is not even the whole story or even the best part.  

When Jesus died on the cross and was raised to life again it was proof and validation from God that He accepted the sacrificial death of His Son.  Every past, present, and future sin has had it’s debt paid in full and is available to be forgiven.  

In order to get this forgiveness you simply have to believe on Jesus Christ as God and Savior, and repent (turn away from sin).  

You see there is where the unfair exchange takes place.  God took all of your sin (all the sin of the whole world) and laid it in one lump sum on Jesus and then  for all who will believe he exchanges that sin for Christ’s righteousness.  

Righteousness is simply the quality of being good enough for God.  When we believe by faith and call on God and repent of our sin and accept the payment of Christ in our place then God no longer measures us by our own merits but measures us and accepts us based on the righteousness of Christ.  He exchanges our “un-worthiness” for Christ’s “Worthiness!”

In Christ alone you are worthy of God’s love and forgiveness forever.  

The more we understand it, the more we will live it day by day.  The more we live it day by day the more thankful we will be.  

The gospel of grace offers the good news that a  Worthy Substitute willingly died in your place and in mine and exchanged His righteousness for our filthy rags.  

Celebrate that!  Believe that!  Suddenly the expression “life’s not fair” takes on a whole new meaning.