Session 7 – Saturday Morning Service – January 14, 2012
Jesus Became Sin
2 Corinthians 5:21
The fact that God became flesh is horrendous. But it did not end there. God became sin. He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf. It is not that Jesus was corrupted or defiled or impure. Jesus’s righteousness was imputed to us because our sins were imputed to Him. There is a legal declaration of righteousness and a practical declaration of righteousness – God treats us as He treats His Son Jesus Christ – being right with Him. God both legally declared Jesus guilty and God treated Him as guilty.
Jesus knew no sin. We have never loved God as God ought to be loved. There was never a moment that Jesus did not love God as He should be loved. We can say the same with obedience. We are cursed because we have not done all the things written in the law (Galatians 3:10). Jesus completely obeyed and fulfilled the law. But then Jesus bore the curse for us (Galatians 3:13). Turn the beatitudes upside-down and you have defined the curse that belongs to us but were thrown upon Christ.
The blessings and curses from Mount Gerazim and Mount Ebal are a picture of what happened on the cross of Calvary. Jesus Christ was the covenant keeper. We are the covenant breakers. But the curses were taken by Jesus and the blessings fall upon us. God crushed His only-begotten Son on the cross of Calvary. This is the bridge between Mount Gerazim and Mount Ebal.
How can God bless the wicked? How can God be just and the justifier? How can God deal mercifully with Adam, Noah, Abraham, David? Because of Jesus Christ on Calvary. Because Jesus Christ was cursed for them, for me, on Calvary. Jesus Christ took full responsibility for them and for me. This gives a whole new meaning to the command to take up our cross and follow Jesus. It is what happened to Jesus in prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus did not sweat drops of blood and pray that the cup be taken away from Him because of the physical act of crucifixion. It was because He had to bear the curse of all His people and the wrath of Almighty God.
Jehovah Jireh – God will provide. Not a new house, not a new car. God will provide a Savior. God showed His love for me when He did not withhold His Son, His only Son, from me.
The Doctrine of Man – Part 3 by Paul Washer