Happy New Year’s Eve!!! I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2009.
Today’s reading certainly can help in this regard. If we can remember the message that Paul is giving the Corinthians it will be an enabler to a wonderful New Year.
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (verse 21). What a wonderful verse indeed. Christ bore the consequences of, or punishment for, our sins. God made Jesus, who was completely innocent and perfect, identify himself with sin so he could take it away. Let us never forget what Jesus did for us.
In life, rarely will anyone claim perfection. Sin is a part of life, so much so that many people simply expect to encounter dishonesty, self-centeredness, and greed in other people. If they don’t, they are surprised. That is why many people in Jesus’ day expressed surprise at Jesus’ life. Jesus never knew what it meant to sin: He always followed God’s ways. Yet Jesus bore the consequences of believers’ sin for their sakes. Since Jesus, who was perfect and innocent, took on the penalty of sin, death itself, Jesus can make those who believe in him right with God. His perfect righteousness can cover our corrupt and imperfect lives. When people trust in Christ, they make an exchange—their sin for his righteousness. Believers’ sin was placed on Jesus at his crucifixion. His righteousness is given to believers at their conversion.
“Be reconciled to God.” (verse 20). Accept God’s free gift. Paul did not announce this message halfheartedly. He implored—even urged and pleaded—everyone who would listen to him to accept God’s free gift of salvation.
I submit, remembering what Jesus did for you and heeding Paul’s call to reconcile with God will make 2009 one of the best years of your life.