Lent devotions 2011: Friday 25 March

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

Paul is making a very straight statement of a fact here: Christ – who did not sin – was sent by God for the sole purpose to save us all. Not just some, not just the “good guys” but everyone. All mankind. No ifs or buts. Paul is clearly saying here that Christ came, lived and died to save us from our own sins. He has taken the rap, He’s taken our punishment that should have been meted out to us. Only the Son of God could do this wonderful thing. Paul’s message still sounds out today, as if he were calling to us from a dusty market square as he would have preached his message that so filled him with joy, hope and excitement. Would it not be wonderful if we could do the same?

In the name of our Risen Saviour, we give our praise and thanks for sending Your only Son to die for us. We can only offer ourselves humbly to You, with heads bowed, in gratitude and love. Help us to tell others and to share the message of what You have so freely given, Amen.