“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
University students would be familiar with the expression, “to grade on a curve”. The expression refers to exam results. If an exam is particularly difficult the lecturer may lower the pass mark to allow a certain percentage of students to pass. This means the student’s result, instead of reflecting how well they did on the exam, actually reflects how well a student performed in relation to the other students.
Some people think that God “grades on a curve”. Because they are good people who work for good causes and don’t murder or steal, they believe that God will allow them into His heaven. But the bad news is God doesn’t “grade on a curve”. God has failed everyone. Romans 3:23 tells us, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We all fell short. We all failed.
But the good news is Jesus passed. He scored a perfect 100%. Now we have been given the opportunity of passing by being “in Christ”.
One of my favourite hymns has the verse:
”When He shall come with trumpet sound;
Oh, may I then in Him be found.
Clothed in His righteousness alone;
Faultless to stand before the throne.”
(My Hope Is Built by Edward Mote)
We could do nothing to get a better mark but by being in Christ we are “faultless”. That is we also score a perfect 100%. And that’s God’s amazing grace.