Today’s devotion is based on Romans 8:3,4, “For what the Law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
St. Paul is teaching us why we cannot be perfect in God’s eyes. Try as we might to follow God’s Law, it is powerless to save us. While God’s Law is perfect, we are imperfect. Thus our ability to obey the Law perfectly is hopeless.
But what we are unable to do, “God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.” Though Jesus was sinless, God laid our sin and the sins of the world on him. Then he condemned Jesus, the perfect sinner, in our place. Our perfect substitute. The slate is clean for you, for me, for everyone. Our sin is forgiven and forgotten forever.
Please pray with me: Dear Jesus, thank you for becoming my sin so that when I stand before God on Judgment Day, I will be declared innocent. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.