Psalm 103:10 -"He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve, or repaid us according to our offenses."

We sing about the marvelous grace of our loving Lord and about His amazing grace that has saved a wretch like me, but I think it is time that we added another adjective to the word grace, and that adjective is shocking.  Yes God's grace is amazing, yes it is marvelous, yes it is greater than all our sins, but His grace is also shocking.  Shocking in that He is a God of forgiveneness and love. 

He would be right and just and fair to condemn us and to make us pay for our own sins.  After all we have "sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."  We owed a debt that we could not pay.  So what God does in response to that is shocking.  He sends His one and only Son to pay that debt for us.  This is not just any debt either, it is a debt of sin, and the wages of sin is death.  We cannot pay for our sins and live, death is required.  So Jesus willingly says, "I will die in their place. I will pay their debt.  I will bear the wrath so that they don't have too."

That is beautiful, but it is shocking.  Think of it this way, what if you were condemned to die and someone stepped in and took your place.  Or what if you were 10 million dollars in debt and someone paid the price for you.  Or what if wrath was going to fall on you and someone said let it fall on me instead.  That, and even more, is what Jesus has done for us.  That is amazing grace, marvelous grace, grace that is greater than our sin, and it is shocking grace as well.  Shocking to know that God loves me (and you) that much.  

So much that He doesn't deal with us as our sins deserve.  Make no mistake about it He is in control and He has the right to punish sin, but thankfully He doesn't deal with us according to what our sins deserve.  He still deals with sin, and He still punishes sin, He has too.  God is holy and in His holiness He hates sin, but instead of dealing with us as our sins deserve, our sins are laid on Jesus and His punishment and wrath are poured out on Him.  

He doesn't repay us according to our offenses, instead He forgives us of our sins and then covers us with the righteousness of Christ.  Paul sums it up nicely in 2 Corinthians 5:21 when he says, "He made Him who knew no sin to become sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

God takes away our sin, and lays it on Jesus.  And then God takes Jesus' righteousness and puts it on us.  It is the most unfair trade in human history, and it was something only God Himself could dream up.  Now sin is punished AND we are forgiven and free.  To God be the glory!