For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
In order to save us, it was necessary for Jesus to suffer what we should have suffered. Jesus became a human being to serve in our place. He took on flesh and blood and became completely obedient to the Father. He took upon Himself our sin that He might be able to suffer and die in our place. To redeem us from the cruse of the Law Jesus suffered in our place. He became human, took on flesh and blood, that He might be able to die, and through His death He has destroyed the devil who had the power of death. Now you and I receive what is His all the time – the righteousness of God. Glory be to God for this great exchange!
Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Collect for Palm Sunday. Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS