Monday, April 05, 2010
Made Him To Be Sin For Us!
The "him" is Jesus. Jesus was made sin for us. I marvel at the declaration. In my estimation, no where in Scripture is the relationship between Jesus and our sin so forcefully expressed.
"who is own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree"
"he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities"
"the LORD hath laid on him the inquity of us all"
"he shall bear their iniquities"
"the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world"
"he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself"
"Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many"
"he was manifested to take away our sins"
While all of these relate precious truths about Christ's relationship to our sin, for me, none rise to the level of "he hath made him to be sin for us". It is this phrase that magnifies the whole concept of a sin-bearer. He bore our sin not in the same manner in which he bore the cross part way to Golgotha. Sin was not merely placed on him, it was attributed to him, it was reckoned to him.
It does not say he was made a sinner. In fact it specifically says of Christ, "who knew no sin". He did not become a sinner, but he was made sin. The only perfectly righteous man who ever lived, was made sin. He was so by having our sin reckoned to him. And who was it that had the authority to arrange such a transaction? "For he (God) hath made him to be sin for us."
An act of divine grace made Christ sin for me that divine vengance against my sin could be meted out in full and provide an opportunity for me to become the recipient of divine mercy!
"My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't;
My sin not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!"
Horatio G. Spafford, 1873