DayBreaks for 6/24/14 – The Great Exchange
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Every day we make deals, often time without even thinking about it. We exchange our time for a certain amount of money, or education, or play. We go to a store and exchange money for a coffee or groceries, or a restaurant where we exchange money for someone else’s time to cook food and serve it to us. We swap good and services, do favors for one another (sometimes hoping for favors in return).
Generally, both parties to an exchange must feel that there is something of interest in it for themselves or the exchange won’t be made.
Perhaps the most amazing exchange ever is the one described in today’s verse. This exchange was “life for life” – the life of a sinless God in exchange for the life of sinful mortals. Who would have ever believed that a God would make such an exchange? Mortals might only dream of such a thing in their wildest imaginings. It is too preposterous to be true, right?
But it is true.
Here’s the real mind blowing thing about this passage: how much righteousness does God have? He’s got it all, right!?!?! And yet this verse says we can become “the righteousness of God” Himself! How does it happen? By our efforts and diligent labor? No, never! God forbid that any human should feel that God is indebted to him for how good s/he is! As Isaiah put it: our most righteous deeds are like the filthiest rags to God (Isaiah 64:6).
Are you a follower of Jesus? If so, are you always down on yourself about your sin? Memorize this verse. Put it in your heart. We’ve all heard that old saying about when God sees you, he doesn’t see you but Jesus, right? Well, he sees you, but sees you clothed in the robe of His very own righteousness!
Hard to believe, right? I know, I struggle with believing it at times, too…but God doesn’t make mistakes and He has declared it to be so! Perhaps realizing this can help you face this day with a bit lighter step!
PRAYER: God, Your truth is incomprehensible, as is Your love, that caused You to exchange our filth for Your righteousness! Thank You for this incomprehensible, amazing gift! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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