标 题： 神使祂负罪
经 节： 神使那无罪的，替我们成为罪，好叫我们在祂里面成为神的义。（哥林多后书五章21节）
He Made His to Be Sin
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become
the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
This verse should startle us and cause us to tremble. It is not a verse
to be read quickly and passed over. As Christians we are grateful to be
forgiven of our sins. We are thankful we have been adopted as God’s children.
Yet we will never comprehend the awesome price that Jesus paid to cleanse us of
our sin and to give us His righteousness. How abhorrent was it for the sinless
Son of God to have every sin of humanity placed upon Him? What love was
required for the Father to watch His only Son bear the excruciating pain of our
sin upon the cross?
The prophet Isaiah summarized the human condition: “We are all like an
unclean thing, / And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6).
Even the high priest, Joshua, in his exalted position among God’s people, was
clothed in filthy rags before God (Zech. 3:3). The apostle Paul, who labored
arduously to be righteous before God, realized that his most strenuous efforts
to please God were no more valuable than rubbish (Phil. 3:4–10). The plight of
humanity is that nothing we could ever do could satisfy God’s desire for
righteousness. But the miracle of God’s mercy is that God exchanges our “filthy
rags” for “rich robes” of righteousness (Zech. 3:4).
In this awesome exchange, God placed the sin of humanity upon His
righteous Son. Jesus became so identified with our sin that Scripture says God
made Him to be sin on our behalf. The holy Son of God could not possibly do
more for us than this! Experiencing the Father’s wrath upon the sin He carried
would have been more painful to endure than any human rejection or physical
Never take the righteousness God has given you for granted. Never take
the forgiveness of your sin lightly. It cost God a terrible price in order to
forgive you and make you righteous. Walk in a manner worthy of the
righteousness He has given you.