“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).
There’s a neat little story – I’m not sure where I heard it or who told it – about a dad driving in the car with his child in the backseat. While he’s driving a bee flies in the car. The child panics because he’s deathly allergic to bees. The dad instinctively grabs the bee in his hand and then lets it go. The child’s confused, “Dad, why did you let it go?” The dad replies, “Don’t worry, it can’t harm you any more, see it’s already stung me, it’s stinger is in my hand.”
What kind of God do we need? We need a God who takes on our human flesh, becomes one of us, to take the sting of the punishment for our sins on Himself, so that we might be set free.
Each one of us inherited and perpetuated the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. We, therefore, needed the perfect substitute to live perfectly for us and to become our sin dying our punishment in our place. This Advent we prepare our hearts to receive that Savior Jesus who’s exactly the perfect substitute we need.
He turned the cross, the real tree of death, into the tree of life for you and me forever! Yes, He is good!
Trusting in my good and gracious God, just like you,