“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
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 be saved.
Jesus was abandoned so that I could be embraced.
Jesus received God’s wrath so that I could receive God’s righteousness.
Jesus got what he didn’t deserve so that I could get what I didn’t deserve.
Jesus didn’t get what he deserved so that I wouldn’t get what I deserved.
Jesus went through hell so that I could go to heaven.
Jesus endured hatred so that I could be showered with love.
Jesus died so that 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.