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He's Got it Backwards Again!

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV

I’ve been sitting here in my prayer room pondering the hugeness of this truth and find it beyond comprehension. Jesus never sinned. He was never unacceptable to God. He never made a mistake. He was never off the mark. He never once violated God’s will nor was he ever offensive to God.

But God made Jesus sin. Jesus became unacceptable to God. He became the mistake, the violation, the offense that is so abhorrent to God. He wasn’t made a sin; he was made sin. He wasn’t made a representative of sin; he was made sin. This verse doesn’t even suggest that Jesus was made a sin offering*. No! Jesus was made sin. Love the sinner but hate the sin? Jesus was that sin—that which can never come into the presence of God.

Why? It seems so ludicrous. What is more ludicrous is that God did this so that we might become the righteousness of God. Say what? Not so that we could become righteous; not so that we can become like the righteousness of God but that we might become God’s righteousness. How is that even possible? I don’t know about you but I’m covered in sin. I’m tainted through and through, a completely rotten potato that should have been tossed out long ago (have you ever smelled rotten potatoes? ICK!).

“…that we might become the righteousness of God”—that we might become God’s uprightness, God’s virtue, God’s innocence, his faultlessness, guiltlessness and justice. None of these describe me. Like I said, I’m covered in sin; sin through and through. Wait a minute! “God made him who had no sin to be sin.” If Jesus became sin then could I change that statement to read, “I’m covered in Jesus; Jesus through and through?” Is this how we become the righteousness of God?

God, this is beyond comprehension. It makes no sense. It’s backwards. How could I ever become your righteousness? And yet you made your Son everything that is hateful to you so that I could. But oh God, if all the sin in my life could become Jesus in my life, what a different person I would be. I want to be that different person, God. Please change me.



*The footnote in the NIV does suggest “sin offering” so I went to Strong’s Greek lexicon to see what exactly the original word meant or implied. There’s no suggestion in the meaning of anything other than sin.

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