Weekend Music - July 15, 2012
- Blessed Be Your Name - Matt Redman
- Unchanging - Chris Tomlin
- Christ Is Risen - Matt Maher
- 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - Matt Redman
- In Christ Alone - Matt Papa
What Jesus Did For Us
I am starting to notice that most gospel teaching and thinking focuses on how we are affected. This is understandable. It is truly amazing that we are forgiven of our sins; that we are blessed by God; that we are adopted into the family of God; that God now sees us as righteous. This is absolutely nothing short of miraculous and is enough fuel for us to worship God into eternity. But this is only half of the picture. We need to know the other half in order to understand this completely and to experience the full weight of the gospel.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." What we see in this verse an exchange. Jesus became our sin, and we became his righteousness. You see, we are now seen as righteous, but this is only because, on the cross, God saw Jesus as unrighteous. This is unbelievable. Jesus took our place. He became our sin. We became His righteousness. Christ was condemned for our sins; He was cursed by God; he was rejected from the family of God; God saw Him as unrighteous. This is the amazing exchange of the gospel.
This is how Paul in Romans 8 says so confidently, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." There is nothing left for us to endure because Jesus took it! He bore all of our sin. He took all of our shame. He satisfied all of God's wrath towards us. My encouragement to you now is to never live under false condemnation. When Jesus said, "It is finished," it was really finished. Instead daily throw yourself upon your Savior in love and obedience. He has surely saved you. What a great God we have!
Dustin Raley / Worship Minister