The new you… the great exchange; part 2
“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
In yesterday’s post, we talked about the great exchange… How Jesus received our sin and brokeness – and how He offered us the righteousness of God, in return.
What an amazing offer!
But the question remains… Why would God do such a thing? Why would He ever make such a terrible trade? There are two primary reasons…
One) True love always does what is the very best for the object of that love. God could do no less than give the very best for us. And to give us His very best (His righteousness) He, first, had to take away all our hideousness (is that even a word?!). In short, we had to be emptied… so that He could make us full. He had to make a way to take away what we were… so that He could give us all that He is!
Jesus came and exhibited the length, height, and depth of God’s love for us – by exchanging His glory and goodness, for our sin and wickedness. True love does not take shortcuts – or try to shortchange us. True love is all out – give everything you possibly can give. God arranged for this great exchange because He simply loved us!
Two) When you have everything, you can give without limits. Sometimes we need to be reminded that, at the core of God’s giving, is the fact that He has everything to give. And, it is in His very Nature, to give… and give in accord with His abundance.
Think about it: God had absolutely nothing to gain by offering us life in Himself. There is nothing that we are, that ever gives anything of value to Him. He doesn’t need what we have. He never did… and He never will.
So when you have it all, and you love to give, you are left with only the need for the opportunity of giving. That is why God made us in the first place – He was looking for a way to exercise His joy of giving. His love compels Him to give – and His love seeks for objects of His love… to pour out His infinite goodness.
So when He could do no less, He came to the objects of His love and proposed the great exchange. Us for Him. Our sin for His righteousness. Our old for His new. Our identity for His. That’s why Jesus came…
And, this is why the true Christian life is never about what we do for God. It is always about who we are in Him – and what He does through us, because we are His.
He made the offer of the great exchange simply so that we could become His beloved children.
And when we finally understand that this was at His Heart, we can begin to understand what He has in Mind for the rest of our lives, in Him!
Prayer focus: God, help me to simply be thankful for everything You have done to make me Your beloved!