Do you ever feel like you don’t make the grade, that regardless of how hard you try you don’t get it right? I feel like that often. I will try really hard to not sin, to be loving, to be calm, to be nice; however, after a few minutes of trying, I will inevitably sin. I will fuss at my family; I will have bad thoughts about someone; I will read Facebook and covet my neighbor’s “something.” It’s really hard to get it right!
The good news is, when you give your life to Christ, your identity stops resting in the things that you do or don’t do. The Bible says in II Corinthians 5:21 (paraphrased), “God made Jesus who knew no sin to become our sin so that we could become the righteousness of God.”
In the Old Testament, there were two sacrifices for unintentional sins- the sin offering and the guilt offering. During the sin offering, the guilty party would lay his hand on the head of the bull; the act was to signify that the guilty party was placing his guilt on the sacrifice. The animal would then die in his place, allowing the man to “escape” the punishment he deserved.
On the cross, Jesus became our sacrifice. The Bible tells us in II Corinthians 5:21 that he “became” our sin. Our sins transferred to him and he died. When he died, he took the punishment that we deserve.
However, the story doesn’t end there. The Bible tells us there was a “divine exchange” as Jesus took our sins and then gave us the very best present… God’s righteousness- a new identity in him.
If the enemy comes against you today trying to condemn, tell him that you are “THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD THROUGH CHRIST.” THAT is your identity!
If you are a believer, you might not get everything right, but it’s not about you! Instead, it’s about the beautiful sacrifice that Jesus made that transforms you into God’s best!
Meditate on II Corinthians 5:21 today and speak, “I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD!”
Thanks for reading!