Not Treated Fairly

“On the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had lived your life, so that He could treat you as if you had lived Jesus’ life.”

That quote comes from a powerful new book by John MacArthur entitled, “None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible.” Before we go any further, read it again; only this time replace the pronouns with your name.

“On the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had lived [insert your name] life, so that He could treat [insert your name] as if [he/she] had lived Jesus’ life.”

MacArthur has obviously created his quote from 2 Corinthians 5:21: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” I’m a firm believer in Sola Scriptura, but in this one instance, I think that MacArthur makes the magnitude of what Jesus did more gut-wrenchingly comprehensible than Paul did in his letter to the Corinthians.

God treated Jesus as if He had committed every sin of every person who would believe. The Father exploded the full fury of His wrath against His Son for all of the sin of all of the people who will ever believe, and to our great relief, He exhausted all of His wrath on Jesus. None on us. Jesus wasn’t a sinner, but God treated Him as if He was. And, although I’m not righteous, God treats me as if I am because… “On the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had lived Jim De Horn’s life so that He could treat Jim De Horn as if he had lived Jesus’ life.”

Written by Jim De Horn