In order for God’s restorative plan to bring us back to him to work, Jesus has to be without sin. God made Jesus, who was sinless and blameless, to become sin, knowing that sin (in Jesus) would be crucified with Christ and destroyed forever. This was done to our benefit. God knew our sins needed to be forgiven, so that was done through Christ’s death and resurrection, which could only matter if sin was there on that cross with him.
Knowing our sins are forgiven should change how we see life. We’re no longer bound by the things that kept us down in defeat. That weight has been lifted and we can live our lives without fear of punishment for our sins; that punishment has already been doled out. The real application, though, is that it’s unwise to take this sacrifice for granted. Jesus died for our sins, so to go on sinning – as Paul writes somewhere else – is to put Jesus right back up on that cross again and again. We’re set free so we can live our lives guilt free and follow Jesus, not live for the flesh.
Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice. Help me to live the full and meaningful life you have for me. This life is possible because of the forgiveness you delivered to me through your death and resurrection. Help me to never take that for granted; help me to do my best to live the life you’ve called me into. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.