God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
It is the Easter season and undoubtedly there will be some new ridiculous claim about the life and work of Jesus. The most recent bizarre assertion is the notion that Jesus had a homosexual affair. A few years ago we were told that His coffin had been found which disproved the bodily resurrection of Christ. Make no mistake: Jesus paid it all.
No doubt, somewhere on television this week, the bizarre and fictional tale of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene will appear. TV producers and writers have gone to great length to spin a yarn that claims that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, married Mary Magdalene, had children, and went into hiding in India or France.
Such efforts at disproving Christian doctrine are nothing unique to our time. Soon after His resurrection an erroneous claim was circulated that Jesus’ resurrection was a hoax perpetrated by His disciples who had hidden His body.
In the late 1,700’s there was a theory advanced that claimed that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross. He just fainted from drugs given by Luke the physician. Another theory suggests that Pontius Pilate was bribed to have Jesus removed from the cross.
Through the ages there have been numerous attempts at disproving the claims of Christ and His followers. The intent of all these false claims is to portray Jesus life and work as a lie. And if Jesus is a liar that would mean that He is a sinner just like the rest of us. That would also mean that His death has no meaning and purpose, the sin debt has not been paid, and Jesus died for nothing. There is no longer any hope for an eternal relationship with God. If Jesus had sinned, even once, His death would have no more meaning than you or me dying for the sins of mankind.
The good news is that Jesus had no sin. The Deceiver that I spoke of in yesterday’s message continues his sinister attempts at undermining the message and work of Christ. All he has to do is to get you to believe one of these false distortions of God’s truth that lead you to the conclusion that Jesus is not God, or that He was just a great teacher, or that Jesus was a sinner just like us. Such thinking pulls the rug from under the foundation of your faith.
Here then is the amazing truth that we celebrate at Easter. Jesus, “who had no sin,” became our sin and paid the penalty that we deserve. Jesus paid it all. Peter put it this way: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.” (1 Pet 2:24) In that amazing sacrificial act of love our sin debt was paid in full and the righteousness of Christ was placed upon all who believe. (Ro 4) We became “the righteousness of God.” Jesus did not just die, but He was victorious over the grave just as He had promised. He is God’s flawless sacrificial lamb. His blood cleanses us of all unrighteousness.
Don’t believe the vain imaginings of men. Believe the truth as given by God and found in His word. As Easter approaches turn your heart, your eyes, and your faith to the author and finisher of your faith. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Remember — Jesus Paid It All.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ‘neath His side,
I am divinely blest.
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