For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus knew no sin. No other man that had lived before, or since could make that claim. We all sin and fall short. Only Jesus never sinned. He was the perfect man. He was faithful to his Father’s will, obeyed his every command, and treated all others as God would have them treated. Jesus being fully human was without sin. Oh he was tempted just like the rest of us, but he did not give into that temptation and sin against God and man. He was the perfect example in all that he said and did. He was the perfect “Adam”.
The first Adam failed to obey one command and ruined what had been a perfect situation. Sin separated us from God. Jesus in his perfect obedience has made reconciliation with God possible. In him we find forgiveness of sins and peace with God. Jesus became sin on the cross so we could have a place where God is, once again.
Jesus life was a full self-sacrifice. He chose obedience over self indulgence. He chose others above himself. He chose death so that others could live. He chose God’s will instead of his own. He chose reconciliation between God and man. He chose us.
His sacrifice demands reciprocation. As Paul said; we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God as our spiritual worship. Are we reciprocating the love and grace shown to us by living for HIM? We have to ask ourselves, is my life a living sacrifice? Then we must make the necessary adjustments.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman