The Gospel of Jesus should be the center of our lives. It is what sustains us, gives us hope, and is in everything that happens in our lives whether we realize it or not. In this blog I am going to talk about a part of the Gospel that is often overlooked (although much of it is over looked) which is a serious problem because people are believing a Gospel they don’t even really know about and how could we really believe something that we really don’t know about? All that leads to is us creating our own Gospel and worship ourselves.
2 Corinthians 5:21- “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
It is obvious throughout the Bible that sin is what is keeping us far from God all the way from the beginning of Adam and Eve. God’s wrath for sinners is evident throughout the Bible and the consequence for sin is horrifying.
Matthew 13:42- “And throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Revelation 20:10- “And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Revelation 9:2- “He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft.”
Thomas Watson puts it this way, “Apart from Christ we are destined for hell. The wicked shall always be dying but never dead.”
God’s wrath for sin is cruel, and some would say not fair. What is not fair is that we’re even able to have the opportunity at eternal life.
Now let’s look at a part of 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us...” Think about how you feel about thieves, murderers, rapists, terrorist, etc. Now think about how God feels about them according to his consequences for the sins listed above? God hates all sin big or small. Jesus did not only take on God’s wrath for sin on the cross but He became sin. He became a terrorist, He became an adulterer. He who knew none of these became these! He willingly took on the cross, was tortured, and drank the cup of God's wrath facing separation from His Father,"...so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”-2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus, God in the flesh in all His perfection left His throne in heaven to be born into a manger, live a life on this sin infested world as a servant, to be tortured and crucified. Now you tell me what is unfair? The consequence of sin or the eternal joyful reality of being able to spend an eternity with our Creator knowing we did nothing to deserve it and can do nothing to return the favor.
I was babysitting a few weeks ago. I left the baby unattended for less than five minutes to go to the bathroom. When I came back I returned only to find the baby swimming in something. I didn’t know what it was. He was splashing in it and painting the floor with this white mixture. Yes, the baby had thrown up and covered himself in it. I just stared and thought, “This is not real life”. I wanted to throw up. It was disgusting and I wanted nothing to do with it.
When Jesus comes into our lives, God looks at us in our sin and we’re literally covered in it. We’re painting our lives with it, splashing it all over, and doing exactly what that baby was doing with the throw up. But instead of doing what I did and rejecting the baby, He embraces us. He looks at us covered in our throw up called sin and washes us clean and does every day.
This reality is too good to be true. God loves you as you are. Quit trying to be a better and sinless person and just surrender your life. Let Jesus consume your heart. Repent and you will be able to part take in the life changing reality of Jesus.
Love in Christ,