2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
One of the many things that Jesus did for you and me on Calvary’s cross was that He was made sin for us by substitution. While Jesus committed no sin during His earthly ministry, He chose to bear all our sins on the cross. The Bible says that it is our sins that separate us from God. So there was a gap between man and God and the only way to bridge or close that gap was for our sins to be forgiven. Jesus chose to carry all our sins on the cross of Calvary. During the time He was on the cross, Jesus did more than just take our place and pay the penalty that was due us. Today’s verse tells us that He became the physical embodiment of sin and Habakkuk 1:13 tells us that God’s eyes are too pure to look upon sin. That’s why He had to turn away and leave His son alone there. Due to our sins that Jesus was carrying on the cross in our place, God had to abandon Him. Throughout his entire ordeal, God never abandoned Him until He carried our sins. That is why Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The only time Jesus felt abandoned was when He carried our sins. God cannot just tolerate sin. By the way, this is the only part of His ordeal Jesus was not able to bear in silence. He didn’t make a sound when He was unjustly accused, when He was beaten or when He was even nailed to the cross. But because He was never separated from His Father before, that pain was too great for Him to endure quietly. By becoming sin on the cross for us, all our sins have been forgiven and the gap to our Father God bridged. We can boldly and confidently go to God as His children. The next time you are tempted to sin, ask yourself if you would like to be separated from God or abandoned by Him eternally.
Confession for Today
I decree and declare that I am no longer a slave to sin, for Jesus Christ became sin on the cross for me to be liberated in the mighty name of Jesus.