Approved by God

When Christ died for the sins of the world (including your every sin) the God of the impossible achieved the impossible. You are washed clean – spotlessly pure – and totally accepted by the Holy Lord, not because of what you have or haven’t done, but because the eternal Son of God swapped places with you on the cross. When Almighty God looked at his innocent Son on the cross, he saw not Jesus’ perfection but your moral filth. Then God unleashed all his wrath upon Jesus until not a speck of anger remained. Finally, Jesus was able to gasp, “It is finished” and he died (John 19:30). He suffered all this so that when you simply look to him in faith, the astonishing exchange is complete. Now, when the Holy Lord sees you, he sees not your sin but the purity and moral perfection of Jesus. This staggering truth is summarized here:

    2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The exchange occurred not so that we could have our pathetic attempt at righteousness, but God’s righteousness. Moreover, as Jesus declared, it is finished. No need to struggle, beg, plead, shed tears, or whatever. It’s all over. You are divinely accepted and approved, because of Jesus.