2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Jesus knew no sin because He never sinned against God. He never did anything wrong, was never disobedient, and did not possess the inherent sin nature that we do. No sin could be attributed to Him, no imperfection or blemish would mar His perfect sacrifice. But that doesn’t mean Jesus was ignorant of sin. He knows what sin is and what it does to people. He saw its effects on mankind since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. He saw the sin of those around Him on Earth, came into contact with sinners every day, and yet He Himself sinned not.
But Jesus felt our sin on the cross. What a thought that the pure and spotless Son of God should become so intimately acquainted with every dirty sin we’ll ever commit, that the one who knew no sin should face our sins up close and personal and bear the heavy weight of them all on Calvary. It should pierce our hearts just to think how our disobedience hurts Him, how our rebellion causes Him pain. Do we really appreciate fully what Christ endured for our sakes?
Not only does Jesus know what sin is, not only did He feel the weight of it, but He became our sin. God’s wrath was poured out, and Christ took our punishment. Every strike of the whip, every beating, every insult, every nail was meant for us. The darkness of the day on that hill, the Father turning away, and the emptiness Jesus felt being separated from God was the cost of sin—what we, sinful man, were meant to experience. And yet, by His grace, those of us who have accepted His free gift of salvation will never have to endure anything close to what He went through for us.
Let’s not forget that Jesus knows what sin is. He knows what He is saving us from. That’s why He pursues our hearts so relentlessly, so diligently, so lovingly. He wants to rescue us from the death and the darkness and the hopelessness of being so lost and far from God. He wants us to overcome and be victorious over the flesh that holds us captive. And just as Christ became our sin, He makes us into His righteousness. He molds us and works in us to be more like Him. So let’s allow the one who conquered sin for us to defeat every sin in our lives.