Imagine this. Mr Boss says if I build his house, he’ll give me a million dollars. Pretty nice. Except this, his desired house isn’t simple. It’s the biggest and most complicated house ever. Plus, he wants it’s structure to be made out of pure gold. However, I accept the challenge, and show up for work. All is ready. The plan is laid out for me, the golden beams are all there. All I have to do is put it together.
Let’s just say I decided to steal as much gold as I could instead of build the house. What does Mr Boss do? I mean like what would YOU do if you were him? I would call the police to put me in jail! End of story. Frankly, that’s what I deserve. But Mr Boss doesn’t do that. After building the house himself, HE gives up himself and willing goes to jail instead of me. Even more odd, he gives me a million dollars! Why would he do that?!
Well, let’s put this imperfect analogy into perfect reality. Mr Boss represents God, of course, and I represent all humans. The house is God’s law, more to be desired than gold (Psalm 19:10). It is our duty as the images of God to follow his law, and there is a reward in heaven (Deuteronomy 6:33). Even so, we failed to do this (Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:23) and instead became transgressors of the law (James 2:10-11). Not only have we failed, we’ve blasphemed the name of God and messed up his law (Romans 1:21-25). In the same way that a person deserves jail for failing to keep their word and stealing, we deserve death and hell, the punishment of God, for missing the mark and outright sinning. Why, then, why would God send his Son to take our punishment? After his Son lived a perfectly holy life on earth, of course. Why, also, do WE, the sinners by the way, get the reward for Jesus’ righteousness?! Answer me this question before you ask why God isn’t fair. If he were fair, we’d all be in hell! So why wasn’t he fair? Yes, because he loves us, but this is a love beyond anything we’ve ever known.
So what do we do about it? Should we try to pay him back with our works? That would be like me trying to give a penny to Mr Boss! Should we just take the opportunity and continue on in sin? Read Romans 6:1-2 before you even think about it. We simply believe in what he has done, and gratefulness will be there, along with repentance and good works (2 Peter 1:5-11). There really is nothing you can do. Jesus did it all. That is justification.