The Sin Offering

Reading 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Hebrews 9:11-14

I like what P. T. Forsyth said in his book, The Work of Christ: `God made him sin, treated him as if he were sin, he did not view him as sinful. God lovingly treated him as human sin, and with his consent judged human sin in him and on him. Personal guilt Christ could never confess.’

This leads us to the heart of Calvary. It was not a simple expiation. God did not deal with the question of sin merely by observing the physical death of His Son. No, Jesus entered into that death!

This was no ordinary sorrow. Physical death is the outcome of man’s sin and disobedience, but it is not its only effect. Divine judgement and dereliction are the result of sin. Death toward God is the ultimate outcome of sin. Satan’s oppression and bondage are the result of sin. Sickness and disease are the results of sin. For man to be delivered from the fact and effect of his sin, the Son needed to take all this sin into Himself. This is the most humiliating truth of this necessity. No wonder we are reluctant to carry these thoughts through to their conclusion. What a horrific claim to make with regard to the Son of God! He became sin! We need to come in awe to Calvary, to take our shoes from off our feet, for the place on which we stand is holy ground! I doubt if we will ever be able to plumb the depths of it, now or in eternity. The truth is expressed by Elizabeth Clephane in her old evangelical hymn, The Ninety and Nine when she writes:

But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through,
Ere He found the sheep that was lost.