He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24
Are you a sinner living for sin, or are you a sinner living for righteousness?
Sin had us tied up, and we carried the guilt of knowing we were not who we were meant to be. We were in fear that our wrongs were keeping us away from God. Even when we did something good or acted out of kindness, we could not undo that sin had ruined us and the world around us.
When Jesus died, He took all of that with Him up on the cross. In some wonderful but mysterious way God placed our guilt and punishment on Jesus, and also the evil that had spread though all of the world. Jesus loved, died and forgave each of as individuals. But He also broke the control that wickedness had over everything else. Sin has no more power over us, and God has reclaimed His creation.
This doesn’t make us perfect. We still stumble and do wrong. But once we were controlled by sin, and that is what has changed. It is defeated, its power is defeated, and we are forgiven. We are now righteous, no longer living for sin. Sin is dead. The sinner that we were is dead. We are brand new. We are dead to sin, and now truly alive!