That’s Not Fair!
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Our guilt exchanged for God’s glory.
Against instructions, our daughter decorated the recently refinished dining room table with glittery princess stickers — the cheap kind that stick like glue.
The disobedient act became a teaching opportunity. Rather than simply using Goo-Be-Gone, it seemed like a fair consequence to make the perpetrator scrape off the stickers herself. But despite the grittiest efforts of her little fingers, the task proved futile. As we served dinner, our daughter whimpered at the sticky mess where her plate of food would have been. Just then, my husband looked her in the eyes and said, “I love you. Have my dinner, and I will take your place cleaning.” Then he scraped the table spotless as she enjoyed his warm meal.
Our daughter received undeserved grace, but not at the expense of justice. In that small way, my husband’s actions served as a shadow of the supernatural exchange that occurred when Jesus died on the cross. Despite his innocence, he took our penalty as though it were his own. He was condemned as guilty, and in return gave us his righteousness. The cross is where God’s wrath is satisfied. The cross is where mercy and justice meet.
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul presents this “undeserved” exchange as the centerpiece of God’s glorious plan of salvation. We are his messengers to share the good news that the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is applied to those who are reconciled to God, because he became sin for us. Praise be to God that we don’t get what we deserve!
Thank you, Jesus, that life is not fair, or I would not know salvation! Thank you for taking my place on the cross and paying the penalty I should have paid, so the Father can look at me and see your righteousness in place of my guilt.
- Whom can you tell the good news to this week?
- How can you show Christ’s grace to those closest to you?
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18