“For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.“II Corinthians 5:21
I do have a flair for nice dress shirts, and I feel you can never go wrong with a light blue or a crisp white. I love the French cuff style, and I have a particular name brand I prefer and another high end brand that goes on my wish list. I found a nice white dress shirt on sale, and I was quick to pick it up as it was a great buy for the high quality of the shirt. I took it home and wore it to church the following Sunday. It was summertime, so I sweated through it a little bit and it was in need of some washing. I put it in the dirty clothes hamper, and then later separated the whites from the colors as most people do…or so I thought.
My daughter Kate does not follow this same pattern of separating of clothes as she puts all of her clothes in the washer at the same time. I do not understand why she does this, but at least they’re her clothes and not mine. The washer has different settings on it that depict colors/darks and whites, which she clearly ignores. This particular time as I put a load in the washer, I separated the whites as I usually do on the laundry room floor. I planned to put the whites in after the colors were washed, so I thought nothing of it as I put them on the floor. I did not realize what a mistake this would be.
Kate received a tie dye kit for Christmas, and she was eager to use it. She is quite creative and saw this as a great opportunity to put her skills to the test. She made some cool-looking shirts in the tub in the laundry room, but she did not do the greatest job of clean up after. She tossed one of her tie dye shirts on the laundry room floor and it immediately was attracted to my brand new bright white dress shirt. It never fails that a white dress shirt attracts all kind of dirt, food and anything else that is non-white in its path. I came to the laundry room a bit later to find my white dress shirt now transformed into a tie dyed dress shirt. I will say I did not have a positive response to this creative snafu, and I pointed out to her the error of her ways.
My once white dress shirt was now several colors. It had taken on the full effect of the tie dye and there was nothing I could do to reverse the process. Christ did the same for me when He saved me. He took upon Himself my sin as He, the spotless, holy Son of God became stained with the ugliness of my sin. He sacrificed Himself on the cross so that each one of us might have the opportunity to accept Him and be made righteous in Him. The greatest exchange mankind has ever known took place when I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior and He exchanged His righteousness for my sin.
Where are you today friend? Have you accepted and experienced the great exchange? Christ died so you can be free from the penalty of your sin, and He wants you to live a life of freedom from your sin. He became sin for us, and He was the only acceptable and perfect sacrifice. Please don’t wait to take advantage of this great exchange, and may today be the day you come to salvation. Isaiah 1:18 states, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”