So That In Him We Might Become The Righteousness Of God
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.
Jesus knew no sin. Jesus never sinned. He never experienced the act of sinning. He was born without a sin nature even though He was born of the virgin Mary. Jesus never stopped being God and because The Holy Spirit came upon Mary, Jesus did not come from the seed of Adam that carried sin, but because the pregnancy of Mary was all the work of The Holy Spirit, Jesus was born without a sin nature..
But just because Jesus didn’t have a sin nature doesn’t mean He didn’t face temptation. We see that Jesus was tempted when The Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness for forty days (Matthew 4:1-11). We see that after fasting for forty days Jesus faced three different temptations of the devil, but each time He responded and overcame with the word of God.
But throughout His life He never sinned. But the purpose and mission Jesus had was to die for humanity. Many were drawn to Him by His miracles and His power, but it was the laying down of His life why Jesus came. He who had no sin would be sin for us. He would take on the sin of all humanity as the perfect sacrifice. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, John proclaimed “behold The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. God has made it very clear in His word without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin (Lev 17:11, Heb 9:22). Blood had to be shed because the life of the individual was found in the blood and for atonement to truly take place, a perfect human being would have to take the place of you and me.
This perfect one is known as Jesus. Through faith in Jesus Christ, His precious blood washes us clean and we are declared righteous. Because of faith in Jesus, when our Father in Heaven looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin and shame, He sees the righteousness and perfection of who Jesus is. Everything we have is because of what Jesus has accomplished at Calvary. May the revelation of this truth be revealed to our hearts and minds. May we build our lives on what Christ has done for us and share this truth with those we encounter.
Father thank you for sending Jesus. Thank you Jesus for taking my place. Thank you for taking my sin upon yourself and dying in my place. For taking the wrath and punishment I deserve and laying down your life. Thank you that all I have is found in you. Thank you for how much you love me and that you lead, guide, and protect me every day. In the name of Jesus, Amen!