The Cross of Jesus & The Counting of God

Good Friday and Easter weekend is not about eggs and Easter bunnies.  It’s about counting.

Not so much like counting “1, 2, 3, 4, 5” on your hand, but the kind of counting that dictionary.com calls “to reckon to the credit of another”.

At the cross of Jesus Christ God counted sinless Jesus as a sinner, and counts sinful sinners as righteous.  The apostle Paul, a murderer of Christians, in 2 Corinthians 5:21, said: “For our sake God made Jesus to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Jesus we might become the righteousness of God.”

John Piper elaborates: “We ‘become’ God’s righteousness the way Christ ‘was made’ our sin.  He did not become morally sinful in the imputation; we do not become morally righteous in the imputation.  He was counted as having our sin; we are counted as having God’s righteousness.”  (Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness?, 69)

Principally, Jesus did not die as an example of selfless love for sinful humanity; Jesus died as a substitute in the place of all sinners who would trust him.  At the cross God counted righteous Jesus as if he were unrighteous, and counts the unrighteous righteous.

If you trust Jesus you are righteous because of what God did on Good Friday and Easter Sunday 2000 years ago when Jesus was crucified, died, and resurrected from the dead.

Therefore don’t let your bad days define you.  Remember that Good Friday and Easter Sunday define you.  God is no longer counting your sins against you today.  He has counted you righteous in Jesus because of that day 2000 years ago.

This is Gospel truth: God counts.

Now, go eat some chocolate Easter bunnies and rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ on your behalf.

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