Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, “Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not.” — Martin Luther
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross gave us things that are, truly, too great to fully understand. Throughout the Great Story of human history, some very important things were “imputed”–that is, they were credited and passed on to someone else. Yes, hard to understand; yet by the counsel of the Holy Spirit, we can understand these things through faith:
- When Adam sinned in the garden, his sins were credited to you and me, because we are Adam’s seed. So we wake up as a baby in this world “in Adam,” and his sin is on our record, and then we add to it profusely.
- When our sins were placed on Jesus on the cross, they are credited to Him and He died with them there.
- When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, our sins are not only erased from the record forever, but we become “in Christ,” and His righteousness is credited to us.
Simply put, God is offering you a deal through Christ:
- He gets your sin.
- You get His righteousness.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
That, my friends, is the best deal that could ever be offered! I would encourage you to seize this immediately if you have yet to do so, because you will never hear a better one.
Dearest Jesus, I have done nothing to deserve what You are crediting to me. You take my sin. I am taking Your righteousness–I have become the righteousness of God. Enable me to begin living the Truth of this great mystery! Amen.
What do you usually pray about?
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Do you know what the most frequent prayer request is about? Physical healing.
“Pray for my aunt who’s a Christian—she’s about to die.” “Pray for my uncle. He’s saved, but he’s having heart surgery.”
But how many prayer meetings have you been to where people asked for prayer for their lost neighbor who is going to hell?
More often than not, we’re more interested in keeping the saints out of heaven than keeping the lost out of hell.
It’s not wrong to pray for our saved loved ones facing a crisis, but how much more urgent to pray for those who, if they died today, would go out into a dark, Christ-less eternity?
It’s not a tragedy to die and go to heaven. It is a tragedy to die and go to hell.
Friend, it’s time we elevated our prayers outside the physical realm of life into the spiritual realm.
Take a look at your prayer list today—where are the lost who need to be saved? What are you doing to help them find their way?
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