One of us
A 1995 chart-topper asked the question, “What if God was one of us?” It went on to speculate about God being a stranger on a bus, a slob like the rest of us on earth. Do you know that song?
The author of those lyrics was probably just going for shock value, but he came pretty close to the truth.
God did become one of us. The second person of the Trinity took a human name—Jesus. He took on a body and face that would attract no attention from Vogue. And far more shocking than becoming a slob, Jesus became sin.
“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).
It’s shocking. On the cross, sinless Jesus chose to become what we are. Lazy Student. Sassy Brat. Adulterer. Abuser. Grudge Holder. Gossiper. Worrywart. Whiner. As Jesus hung on the cross, his Father stripped his faultless identity and gave him all our ugliness. God made his Son to be sin. And then he shut the door to heaven and abandoned him.
It’s shocking. That cross was rightly ours. That heavenly door should have been slammed in our faces. Jesus’ blood should condemn us as murderers. Instead—the opposite. He died for us. His blood erases our sinful identity—we are righteous in God’s eyes. His grace adopts us—we are no longer strangers but heirs. His resurrection proves that his payment was good. We don’t have to try to find our way home.
Jesus is our way home.
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