“We are His righteousness because He became our sin.” Read more…
When I was an adolescent girl, about 11 or 12 years old I used to have to babysit my two of my nephews. For the purposes of this story illustration, I’ll call them Keith and Kyle, so they won’t think their auntie is putting them on blast. Lol Keith is the older of the two and he is 5 years younger than me. My younger nephew Kyle is 2 years younger than Keith. My sister and brother-in-law used to live in an apartment and I was there a lot to babysit them during summer break. We used to ride our bikes around the neighborhood circle all the time. When we were done we would bring them into the apartment and keep there instead of leaving them in the garage space that was open to apartment residents, because so many people had experienced their bikes being stolen. So we kept ours inside to prevent that from happening.
One day while we were watching T.V. my two nephews began to argue over whose turn it was to watch what show they wanted. Kyle had watched what he wanted to and it was now Keith’s turn to watch his show of choice. Well, Kyle was not too pleased when I put my foot down as the older auntie and told him to chill out and wait his turn again. So he started crying and having a fit. Me trying to play mom told him if he kept it up he would have to wait longer. Oh, I really shouldn’t have said that because that just made him angrier.
My brother-in-law had purchased this beautiful custom made mirror for my sister. It had pieces of stained glass surrounding the mirror and a beautiful butterfly that was cut from stained glass and attached to its border. My sister at the time had not figured out where she wanted to hang the mirror so it was placed in a corner that was near where we would put our bikes. Well Kyle during his little temper tantrum decided he would take the mirror and bash it on one of the tires of his bike in a fit of anger. The mirror shattered everywhere. My jaw dropped and Keith just did the typical brother thing, pointing his finger, with wide eyes and an letter “O” shaped mouth he taunted, “Ooooooooooooooo! You’re gonna get it!” This of course caused Kyle to shake in his shoes and start crying again when he realized what the consequences of his rash reaction would be.
Me knowing that my brother-in-law is not one for games was horrified for my nephew. The mirror was something that all of us were told not to touch for any reason. All I had was panoramic flash visions of his doom and judgement approaching and him not being able to sit for a week after my brother-in-law would have finished spanking him. I prophetically heard the shrieks of pain accompanied by weeping and gnashing of teeth from a sore behind and saw him sadly sitting on the couch sulking because he wouldn’t be able to watch his favorite shows for a week. With all of this going through my head and my heart racing for him, I decided I could not let him go through with the approaching damnation. I decided I would take the punishment for him.
The story I decided that I would tell my sister and brother-in-law was that I was doing my hair and playing in her makeup, as she used to let me do, and I was trying to hold the mirror up to see the back of my hair in the bathroom mirror and I dropped it by accident. I knew this meant to doom for me. But knowing the wrath that would come from his father, I just couldn’t stand to see my nephew go through that. So I decided to take the blame and cleaned up the mess.
When my brother-in-law got home and noticed that the mirror was missing he asked what happened. I gave my narrative and waited for the wrath. I was so scared. He looked at me and I saw the red raise up in his face. He looked like he was going to go off. But he stifled his anger and said “Oh Adia! Be careful next time. Ok sweetie.” I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy I had chosen to be the scapegoat for my nephew no matter the cost. The outcome was my nephew owed me his life and knew never to act like that again, both of us were free and the wrath of my brother-in-law was extinguished. Trust, know and understand that would not have been the case had I told the truth.
My story reminds me of 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” When Christ died in our place he took on our sin so that we can be in right standing with God. Sin causes broken relationship. When’s a person’s relationship is broken with God they are not in right standing with Him. I did not suffer the consequences as I thought I would have to. But, I definitely felt the dread and doom of the possibility of it. However, Jesus felt the dread and doom of our eternal separation from God and He chose to suffer the wrath of God towards our sin. He took our punishment and suffered the consequences so that we could be free.
Just as I had decided to step in and take responsibility for Kyle so that He could appear as if he had done nothing to His Father, likewise Jesus has done the same for us. Kyle’s relationship was not breached in that instance and my brother-in-law quickly let go of his anger. God did the same when he poured out his wrath on Christ for us. He is not angry with us. He loves us.
We are righteous in the eyes of God because Christ reconciled us to the Father, bridging the gap. He covered our dirty deeds. We are righteous His righteousness because He became our sin.
Peace and God’s Abundant Blessings,