He Took My Sins as His Very Own
When God gave His Son to be made sin for us it was nothing short of the Lord Jesus Christ making our sins, and the sins of the whole world His very own. (II Corinthians 5:21)
The natural mind cannot comprehend such a deep spiritual truth, but when the sinner is awakened to the fact that it was his sins that nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross and that at any time He could have delivered Himself from being crucified, he begins to understand the great fact that God made Christ an offering for sin.
“Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you.” Isaiah 59:2.
In spite of this, God never ceased to crave the companionship of mankind whom He created for Himself, His glory and His joy.
Now since man had been separated from God because of his sins, God must redeem him, not because He had to, but because He loved Him. No one else but God could accomplish his redemption. If God had not wanted man for Himself, He could have righteously punished him for his sins and consigned his soul to an eternal hell. His body being made from the dust of the ground would have returned again to dust and corruption. His soul, having come into existence by God breathing into His nostrils the breath of life, was eternal and must exist forever and that in hell because of sin.
What marvelous grace then on God’s part in spite of man’s sin! He still loved him and was willing to pay the ransom price for him. The sacrifice of His only begotten Son was the only way man could be reconciled to God. If Christ had been only man, even though a perfect man, that alone could not have met the required sacrifice of the whole world. As a perfect man He could only have given His life a ransom for one man and then being only man He could not have risen again from the dead. Not being made lower than the angels, He could not have triumphed over Satan, principalities and powers and would have had to suffer eternally in hell as He was paying the sacrifice for sin for the one man for whom He died.
But Christ being God, equal with God, for He was God and the Creator of all things, for without Him was not anything made that was made, He took upon Himself the form of man and being found in fashion of man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Read Philippians 2:6-8).
Christ then being God, in whom was no sin being divine and human, for all that was divine in Him was human and all that was human in Him was divine. He was very God and very man. As the infinite God, He was more valuable than all created beings, for the creator is of more value than the created, therefore He could die for the whole world. As the infinite God He had the capacity for infinite suffering, thus during those dark three hours on the Cross He, the Lamb of God, endured the equivalent of an eternity of suffering in hell for the sins of the whole world.
Then He, knowing that all things written concerning Him in the prophetic scriptures were fulfilled, the law’s demands fully met, God’s righteous judgment against sin fully satisfied when His soul had been made an offering for sin, He cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished,” John 19:30 bowed His head and dismissed His spirit. It shall take all eternity to fully reveal the awful suffering Christ endured when He drained that bitter cup of agony and endured the wrath of a thrice Holy God when He became the surety for man’s debt of sin, making it His very own.
Kind hands took Him down from the cross and laid Him in Joseph’s new tomb, but the third day He arose again because it was not possible He should be held in death. By dying He slew him who had the power of death, that is the devil, He triumphed over death and hell, and now God can be just and the justifier of everyone who will believe in His blessed Name. Why? Because Christ suffered, shed His blood, died and rose again and is now ascended to God’s right hand having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Read Hebrews 9:12).
Dear sinner friend, the greatest sin you ever committed in all your life will pale into insignificance compared to the sin you are committing right now in refusing and neglecting to take as your Saviour this glorious One, the Lord Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to put away your sin by the sacrifice of Himself. In Acts 16:30 the Philippian jailor asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?” The divine answer was, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” v.31. “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” II Corinthians 9:15.