Jesus Never Sinned

By Mike Henderson

This week is a remembrance of the Gospel. God came in the flesh as Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, always loving God perfectly in word,deed, and motive so that He could die on a cross taking the wrath of God for rebel sinners. All so that we, the rebel enemies of God, could be reconciled to Him through a simple act of turning from our rebellion and believing, whole heartedly, that Christ’s death satisfied the penalty of God for sin. So to put this in perspective, what it means for us who are in Christ,  I want to look at 2 Corinthians 5:20-21,


              20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we  beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


We who believe, we who have been made new creatures, having been reconciled to God through Christ, are ambassadors for Christ. Meaning that God is making an appeal through us to preach the message of reconciliation to those who do not believe. “Be reconciled to God!” This message, this proclamation of sinners being reconciled, it presupposes that men are alienated from their creator. Let us who have been reconciled refresh our minds with this truth. V. 19 says we are to be telling men that this reconciliation is to God through Christ whereby He does not take into account their rebellion against Him, their trespasses. What a wonderful message, is it any wonder that Paul in his letter to the Romans says that he is not ashamed to proclaim this great news! This is why in v. 20 he says therefore we are ambassadors for Christ. We are those who have been reconciled.

And what’s greater is the means by which this reconciliation has been accomplished. v. 21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” What does it mean that God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin for us? First what is sin? Paul defines sin in numerous passages. In His first letter to Corinth he gives a lists of the sins that they were actually guilty of prior to their reconciliation,

              9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God(1 Cor. 6:9-10).

These are titles, descriptions of who these people were. In other words they were defined by these things. These activities were the desires of their hearts which sprung from the ultimate definition of all our hearts which Paul gives in Romans 1:21 “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Our sin is that we have denied God, we have refused to acknowledge His wisdom and goodness and beauty and have turned to our own ways and our hearts, our innermost being, have become dark, expressing itself in homosexuality, adultery, fornication, thievery, coveting, drunkenness, we become defined by the desires of our hearts. This has left us in a hostile relationship with God, we are under His wrath which He will inflict upon us forever in a torturous existence, look at what Paul says in 2 Thess. 1:8-9

              8dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.

Yet Christ never did these things, He never sinned! Christ never refused God’s infinite dignity and wisdom and goodness. His heart was never darkened! He was righteous, which means to be in a right relationship with God. He was pure, and thankful to God, and always affirmed in word and dead the majestic nature of God. This one who knew no sin, He became sin for us! That means that God treated Him as though His life was defined by homosexuality, idolatry, adultery, fornication, thievery, coveting, slandering,and drunkenness. He treated Christ as though He were in the wrong relationship that we are in with Him, Christ took God’s wrath for us. He was and is the righteousness of God, meaning the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of God’s nature(Heb. 1:3). And God treated Christ as if He were us. I was a fornicator, I was a slanderer, I was an adulterer and a drunkard. Those were literally the qualities that defined who I, Mike Henderson, was. Yet God  treated Christ, who never did those things, as if He had done them all! So that, and this is almost too wonderful to really grasp in this life, so that I, we, adulterers, slanderers, homosexuals, effeminate, drunkards, fornicators, idolaters; we unrighteous, those who never did right in God’s eyes, would become the righteousness of God! So that we would become those who represent God’s nature and glory and it is all in Christ that this is made so! So you saints, praise the God of our salvation, and the Son who has come under His condemnation because we have been reconciled to Him, and preach, preach to all you come in contact with! Seek to glorify God through our ministry of reconciliation. And to you who have not been reconciled, The Bible calls everyone every where to turn away from your sins, to repent, and affirm with all your being that by Christ being treated as sin for us is the only way you can be reconciled to God. This is what we remember on Easter. That Christ who knew no sin became sin for us. Praise God!

    • Kevin
    • March 31st, 2010

    Here’s something Dre and I were talking about tonight…

    If Christ who knew no sin, became sin for us, does that mean that He actually became sin or that He just had the blame for sin accredited to Him? We came to our own conclusion but what do you have to say Gospel Mike? 🙂

    • I believe whole heartedly that Christ was treated the way God was going to treat me for my individual sins. The penalty for sin is personal, meaning that I have personal offenses toward God that are a manifestation of the root problem that I had refused to glorify God and was not thankful to Him. So Christ was punished for me as though He had lived my life, the very sins that I committed as an outworking of my wicked heart were charged to His account making them His own. Col. 2:14, He has removed the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us, and He has taken it out of the way having nailed it to the cross.” We are all storing up wrath against us, filling up the measure of our sins, and Christ has payed in full my debt that consisted of hostile decrees against me. So I am of the view that Christ actually was punished as though He were me, Mike, the adulterating, slanderous, drunken fornicator, all of which were the manifestation of my base standing before God as a denier of His panoramic perfection. Christ put to death once for all sin in me so that I could live once for all to God in Him, becoming the righteousness of God in Christ. Praise God!
      Love you man,
      P.S. what did you guys conclude?

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