Just as if I’d Never Sinned

Duane Vander Klok

“But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5

Christianity is really built on two foundational events: the Incarnation, that is when God became flesh as Jesus; and the second is the Resurrection. Someone might say, “Well, what difference does His death and Resurrection make in my life?” No matter who you are, or how ‘good’ you try to be, Scripture says that we all fall short of the glory of God. Without Jesus, we are all on the same playing-field and we all miss the mark.

When Jesus died, He took upon Himself all of our offenses and sins. Everything that we regret, wish that we could take out of our stories, and maybe even the little things that we continue to do today, was all placed upon Him. He became the perfect sacrifice in one very imperfect and dark moment on the cross. Everything that we deserved, He willingly took upon Himself.

Yet when He rose and walked out of the tomb, everything changed. It means that we are justified before God. It means that all of our sins are paid for completely even before we were ever born. They’re gone. For all those who believe in Jesus Christ, and confess Him as Lord and Savior over their lives, we enter the playing-field where Jesus hit the mark perfectly.

This week, let’s remember what Jesus did on the cross, His burial, and His resurrection. Let’s also be intentional about giving thanks to Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins that we may be hiding or holding onto, and share the Good News to someone who still needs to hear it.