2 Corinthians 5.21
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of YHWH in Him.
In this verse we see YHWH’s plan for saving mankind. There is a benefactor, substitute, beneficiaries, and benefits. This is the plan, the purpose, the design from the beginning. Jesus went to the cross not because the crowd turned on Him, not because evil seducing spirits infiltrated the feeble minds of men, not because religious leaders planned His death for their protection, not because the angry crowd screamed for His death. Though all of this is true, it happened because God Most High planned it. Hebrews 10. 5-7 “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; …it is written about me in the scroll-I have come to do your will, O God.” John 18.11 ” Jesus commanded Peter, ‘put the sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given to me?'” Acts 2.23 ” This man, Jesus, was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge.”
God is both just and justifier. All religions of the world try to shape, mold, form, polish, calm down, clean up, agitate, somehow make man fit for eternity, for heaven. Even the Hebrews, we are told in Romans 10.3, “… did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own.” Only Christianity teaches the goal is not to get man into heaven but to get God back into man.
Only God could: Call the 2nd member of the trinity to be incarnate, design atonement, propitiate His wrath, design His satisfaction of justice without the destruction of the sinner, make the unholy acceptable to Him, design a way to make the law and the lawbreaker compatible.
For, “He (God the benefactor) made Him ( Jesus the substitute) who knew no sin to be sin on our (the beneficiaries) behalf, so that we might become the righteousness (the benefits) of God in Him.”
The word of God is an amazing book, designed and written by an amazing God, who is worth knowing, and worshipping. Spend a little time with Him each day. You won’t be disappointed.
Excerpts from John MacArthur