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What We Got and What Christ Got

I had the privilege of leading our church in their first Good Friday service.  It was a blessing.  I preached from Zechariah 3:1-10.  One of the main points I drove home was the idea of exchange.  Below is a comparison I made between what we got and what Christ got at the cross.

  • We got a clean turban; while Christ got a crown of thrones.
  • We were clothed with clean garments; while Christ was stripped of his garments.
  • We were given life; while Christ was given death.
  • We were declared innocent, even though guilty; while Christ was declared guilty, though he was innocent.
  • We had our sin taken away; while Christ received our sin upon himself.
  • We were reconciled to God; while Christ was separated from God.
  • We as the unclean, were made clean; while Christ the clean, was made unclean for our sake.

Martin Luther reminds us of this concept of exchange when he said:

Learn Christ & him crucified. Learn to sing to him &, despairing of yourself, say, “Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, just as I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine & have given me what is yours. You have taken upon yourself what you were not & have given to me what I was not.” 

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