Lent Devotions 2009: Wednesday 1st April

“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

“For us”: Paul uses this expression over and over again in his letters to try and emphasise the fact that God is for us.

Many people today say they believe that God does exist, but they aren’t willing to say much else about Him. While this is a start, it by no means goes far enough. God may exist, but the real question is ‘what does He think of me?’

Many will say that He could care less about you; He is too busy looking after important stuff to care about us as individuals. We are left not knowing whether God is for us or against us. Where do we stand?

But Christians have always proclaimed boldly that our God, in Jesus Christ, is “for us”. He is “for us” so profoundly that He sent His only-begotten Son to take on our flesh and human nature in order to save us from our sin. In fact, on the cross, Jesus assumed our sin, dying in our place, so that the debt we owed God could be paid in full. Jesus’ sacrificial death in our stead proves beyond any doubt that God is really “for us”.

And because Jesus took our place on the cross, we also get His righteousness (perfection) before God. Being “in Christ”, when God now looks at us, He does not see our sin, but He sees the beautiful perfection of Jesus Christ. Baptism has clothed us Christ’s radiant garments of purity (Gal. 3:27).
If you have ever wondered if God is “for you”, then look no further than this verse.

Thank You Lord for being “for us”. Because You are “for us”, who cares who is against us? Amen.