When I was a young boy I used to collect stickers of football players with the aim of filling up and completing my album.
It got harder near the end and I remember swapping and exchanging stickers with my friends at school, trying to get rid of my doubles and find the ones I’d not got.
This was great fun, and this swapping took a great deal of time and effort!
I was strangely reminded about that this evening as I was reading my ‘all time’ favourite verse, 2 Corinthians 5 v 21.
This verse shows us the most important swap that has every taker place, a swap that occurred as a gift of grace through faith.
This swap took no effort on our behalf, as it simply required faith.
At the cross Jesus took all our sin on His body, and at our salvation we receive His righteousness.
Now that may not sound like a fair swap to you, Jesus suffering for our benefit.
But that was what the finished work of Jesus was all about!
He came to bring us life in abundance, He came so that we could live in health and prosperity, and He came so that we could be made righteous.
This was the plan!
And Jesus carried out the plan to perfection.
He went to the cross once and dealt with all sin for all men for all time (Hebrews 10 v 12).
And because of that we could be made righteous as a gift of grace through faith; what an amazing swap!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous, made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.
2 Corinthians 5 v 21…..For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him