March 29

2 Corinthians 5: 18-21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” vs. 21

Most of us have grown to maturity thinking that Jesus of Nazareth was sinless, that he never once did any of the things that we do regularly…never a cross word, never an impure thought, never an act of rebellion. We believe this because it’s what we’ve been told again and again…it’s a doctrine that was adopted as Jesus’ followers began to understand his death as a sacrifice for sin. If he was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, it was argued, then he had to have been without spot or blemish…after all, only such a sacrifice would have been acceptable to God. Unfortunately this teaching has made it difficult for us to see Jesus as a model for living. How can we possibly be like Jesus if he really wasn’t like us? Paul tells us that God made Jesus to be sin and wants us to know that he was exactly like us. In other words he was totally human! And in him the Christ was made incarnate, and here’s the best news, in him we become the righteousness of God. That means that the Christ, present in creation and in Jesus, continues to be present in us. Through us the goodness of God is made manifest in wondrous and beautiful ways, and the entire world is blessed.

Thought for the Day: Why do we like to think of Jesus as being perfect?

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