You’re just passing by, but in the corner of your eye you see something so beautiful that, for a second, you’re stunned. It just took your breath away. Perhaps it was a sudden glance out the window at an incredible sunrise. Maybe it was an old wedding photo that brings a wave of emotions crashing in upon your mind. Or the baby, sleeping peacefully in her crib. Whatever it was, it’s these moments, where we find ourselves plunged into wonder and awe, that pull us up short and make us really appreciate the life that we’ve been blessed with.
Something like that happened to me recently. I was just reading Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian saints when this statement hit me with the force of a freight train: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Think about that. The Sinless one became sin so that we could become righteous. Everything Jesus wasn’t, he became: thief, murderer, wretch—that even I might be saved.
This is super important, because, just a little before he said this, Paul asserted, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.”
Judgement is real. I know I’m not good enough to avoid the consequences of sin. I’m too human. But Jesus put on sin, wearing it like a mantle, so that I might put on Christ and be justified.
That’s something to think about.