God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
What is the thing you most hate to do?
It might be cleaning the oven, or going to the dentist, or attending a dance recital. But don’t you do any of these when it is for someone you love? In fact, you may even do them with joy.
When Jesus died for us He took on something which He hated, sin. We can’t fully comprehend the depth of this sacrifice or how it all actually occurred. But we do know that sin is completely contrary to the nature of God. We are not just talking about some act or wrong behavior. We are speaking of sin as the opposite of God’s goodness, of who He is.
Yet He loved us. He loved us so much He was willing to take upon Himself this horrible thing that was totally hostile to His very character. He took away our sin and showed that He had overcome it by His resurrection. Sin was defeated.
The thing that kept us apart from God was now gone. We could be forgiven and brought into His family. Through Jesus, we have become righteous.