Until we understand that the gravity of our rebellion against God racism will continue to jump out! The problem we face as a nation is not between black and white, it is not between man and man, it’s between man and God.
J.I. Packer has commented in his epic book, Knowing God, “All that has gone wrong in human life between man and man is ultimately due to sin, and our present state of being in the wrong with ourselves and our fellows cannot be cured as long as we remain in the wrong with God.”
The predicament lies in the law. “Cursed be he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them” (Duet 27:26). The curse or judgment of God, which the law pronounces on lawbreakers, rests on us, This is the predicament of mankind. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
So, if there ever was an answer to man’s dilemma, it has to be in the cross.
Christ has redeemed us by becoming a curse for us and taking away our sin when he died in our place on the cross. Jesus became sin (2 Cor. 5:21a). When we look at the Cross, we never have to ask if sin is real. It is so real that Jesus had to “become sin” in order to defeat it. And in that moment, he experienced the horror of feeling forsaken.
But Jesus also conquered sin (2 Cor 5:21b). The curse is transformed into the blessing. Christ is Victor! When I think of the Cross in this way, it reminds me of Angel Casiano’s Martial Arts Program and the many other Christian Martial Arts programs. It is taking the power of the opponent and transferring it into the power of the other. That which would have destroyed us, has now lost its power over us—Satan has been cast out—and that power is now unleashed as the power of God. In this way, God and Jesus could both speak of “glorification.”
Death has been swallowed up (1 Cor. 15:54), taken into the mouth of him who declared, “It is finished!”