I believe the greatest verse in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:21. I know! What about John 3:16? That’s a great verse too and probably the most famous. If you search greatest verses in the Bible, no doubt John 3:16 comes up. I remember watching the NFL as a kid and after an extra point or field goal there was someone holding up a sign that read John 3:16!
My wife loves Keith Urban and he has a song titled John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16. Remember back in 2009 when Tim Tebow was playing for the Florida Gators in the championship game, he had it pasted under his eyes. During that game John 3:16 was googled I guess over 90 million times.
John 3:16 is great! But it’s not the greatest verse. 2 Corinthians 5:21 is. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Now Paul leads up to this great verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, 21
Let me emphasize 2 Corinthians 5:21 “He (God) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf (Those who believe), so that we (Those who believe) might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus Christ)”
It’s called The Great Exchange! This one verse explains how sinners can be reconciled to God and it’s a big dilemma! How God can reconcile with us as sinners. Paul in Romans 5:8 says But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
There is much more we can say on this! look at Romans 3:21-26 the heart of the Bible…
You see God had to come down to save us from Himself, so that He would be the Just and the Justifier for us who have faith in Jesus Christ!
One thing I do want to say is this verse doesn’t mean that Christ became a sinner, but it does mean He bore our sins. Isaiah 53 gives us the answer.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. Isaiah 53:5-6
I love John 3:16, to me it shows us why Christ dies… but 2 Corinthians 5:21 shows us how!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!