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    The Mystery of the Gospel

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

    Scripture is clear that our ways are not God’s ways, and our thoughts are not God’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Because of this, I’ve concluded that our Lord’s Kingdom can be referred to as an “upside down kingdom.”

    Often, we put emphasis on logical conclusions or the ways the natural world works, but God’s Kingdom functions in ways that are contrary to our world. I think Christ is a prime example of this.

    It’s never been logical for someone with no debt to take on the penalty of debt—in the case of sin, that penalty is death—for others, but that’s exactly what Jesus did.

    At the cross, the beloved Son of God—full of purity, holiness, righteousness, and unstained by sin—took my sin, your sin, and the sin of all mankind upon Himself. Jesus experienced the unimaginable fury of God’s wrath for our eternal salvation.

    Pause and take a second to meditate on the depth of love Christ has for you. Wow! He who knew no sin became sin for you and me (2 Corinthians 5:21).

    The love of God the Father and Christ the Son is a mystery and only makes sense when you see the magnificence of His grace-filled agenda for all who “cling to Jesus.” Out of their great love for us, Christ willingly went to the cross to save us today and for eternity.

    Isn’t this a story to tell, a truth to declare, and a cause to suffer—even die—for?

    If you’re a believer, I know your answer to this question is “yes.” Now go tell someone about what Jesus did for you and wants to do for them!


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    John Maisel

    John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.