II Corinthians 4:1-5:21
A Lopsided Transaction
God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
him we might become the righteousness of God.
II Corinthians 5:21
Go Deep: What an amazing exchange that took place when Jesus hung on the cross as the sacrifice for sin!
Jesus became sin so that I could become saved.
Jesus was abandoned and I was embraced.
Jesus received God’s wrath and I received God’s righteousness.
Jesus got what he didn’t deserve and I got what I didn’t deserve.
Jesus didn’t get what he deserved and I didn’t get what I deserved.
Jesus got what I deserved and I got what Jesus deserved.
Jesus went through hell so that I could go to heaven.
Jesus endured hatred and I was showered with love.
Jesus died so I could live.
Redemption is such a lopsided transaction, but such is the love of God. I got the far better deal in this exchange, and for that I will never cease to be grateful.
Lord Jesus, all I can say in response is “thank you!” And all I can do to pay you back is to offer the rest of my life as a never ceasing offering of gratitude—and that I gladly do.
Just Saying… John W. Wenham, a twentieth century Anglican scholar, wrote, “At the heart of the story stands the cross of Christ where evil did its worst and met its match.”