2 Corinthians 5: Paid the Price
It is hard for us to comprehend the type of sacrifice that it was for Jesus Christ to come to earth and be crucified on the cross. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul explains that Jesus was experiencing a lot more than the excruciating physical pain that accompanied his torturous death.
2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Jesus never experienced sin on earth until this point. He was the perfect human, and He made no mistakes, but He was made to be sin. That darkness went with Him to the grave, but when Jesus rose again, He proved that He was able to do what no one else could. He triumphed over sin, and because of that victory, we are able to become righteous through Him.
It doesn’t mean that we are perfect right now. It should be relatively obvious that we still sin here on earth even after we put our faith in Jesus Christ. However, Jesus paid the price for all of that. It is really remarkable. All that debt is paid for, and we get the righteousness of God as a result.
I think it is important to reflect about the amazingness of this. Jesus did not need to die. God had have said that humans made their own decisions, and they messed up. However, the mercy of God shines through. Because God loves us, He sent Jesus Christ to pay the penalty that we would never be able to pay. He didn’t have to, but He did it out of love.