This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Corinthians 5:21. This verse says that He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
At the cross, the greatest exchange in all of history took place – Jesus, the spotless, sinless, perfect Son of God, took our sins upon Himself, that we, through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9), could be made right with with God. He took our place of sin, that we might receive His place of righteousness in the eyes of the Most High.
God’s love for us is matchless, yet He is just, and must punish sin. Because of His great love for us, He sent His Son to take upon Himself the punishment merited by our wrongdoings in its entirety. All of God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Him. Because the price for our sin has been paid in full, God is both just and the justifier of all who have faith in Christ (Romans 3:26). We are made right in His eyes not because of anything that we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us.
God wants us to receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) that He has made available to us. He wants us to know that He no longer sees us through the lens of our transgressions, but rather through the lens of His Son’s finished work. He wants us to view ourselves that way as well – as made right with Him. Believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)!