A Thanksgiving reflection… Thank you Jesus for dying for my sin!

Jesus on the crossA Thanksgiving week reflection…

During my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning I read this wonderful verse of Scripture in a context that speaks of the possibility (even probability) that we, as Christ followers, might have to “suffer for righteousness’ sake.” Jesus is held up as our great example in that regard and the verse says…

“For Christ also suffered once for sins – the righteous for the unrighteousness – that He might bring us to God!” (1 Peter 3:18 ESV)
Listen, if ANYONE did not deserve to suffer for sin, it was Jesus! Yet he suffered on our behalf and in our place! Theologically this is often referred to as “the substitutionary death of Christ.” Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament imagery of the Passover lamb. When Jesus appeared on the scene John the Baptist declared; “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus suffered “the righteous for the unrighteous!” … And the purpose? That we, as guilty sinners, might be reconciled to God!

Oh, I’m so thankful!

And then that verse brought to mind a related verse of Scripture that makes what Jesus did even more wonderful – more precious…

Apostle Paul said, “We implore you… Be reconciled to God! For our sake He (God) made Him (Jesus), to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ!” (from 2 Corinthians 5:20-21)

Oh the grace of God in Christ! What thanksgiving this ought to provoke within us! Not only forgiven, but reconciled to God in Christ Jesus! Not only reconciled, but as a guilty sinner, “made righteous” – actually having “the righteousness of God in Christ” accredited to my spiritual account!
He did all of that for me! He did it for you as well! This Thanksgiving week how can we fail to be thankful!

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