So often, we live and think and act as if money were the most important thing in life. It is not. Many people have died extremely wealthy but very empty. Seemingly with everything, they really had nothing. How sad to live an entire life, earn millions and billions but leave earth with what matters more than anything. How unfortunate to reach the pinnacle of success only to have the greatest gift slip away. At death, money no longer makes any difference. It can’t buy you anything anywhere ever again.
It’s not just the very wealthy that so often miss out on the greatest gift ever given. People from all walks of life eventually walk in the same steps and, every day, person after person fades into eternity without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. How stunning to have everything anyone could ever want but to be poor in the worst way. How distressing to live life in meager or overwhelming circumstances and to enter eternity in a worse position than ever before experienced.
For each of us, all of the things we know on earth will be stripped away and it will all be reduced to one thing. In the end, life comes down to the great exchange.
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
This verse is one of my favorite verses. The verse really says it all. He who is perfect, Jesus Christ, gave up all His perfection and took on sin and all its ugliness. My sin. Your sin. All sin. And not only did he do that, He has done something even greater. We have the opportunity to take on His righteousness. The great exchange. Christ, the Messiah, can exchange our sin for His righteousness. How incomprehensible and amazing it is to me. The beautiful thing is, it’s available for everyone. You don’t have to be rich and He’s not just for the poor. You don’t have to be smart and you don’t have to be good. You just have to be willing to accept the great exchange.
No one would exchange a dirty tattered rag for the estate of Donald Trump. You’d be a fool to trade my battered piece of junk Jeep for a multi-million dollar 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe. I can’t imagine that the supposed Russian Billionare building the world’s most expensive yacht would trade his huge ship for my son’s toy bath boat. But that’s the sort of (though really not even nearly comparable) thing that Jesus did for us, if we’re willing to accept it. He did the unthinkable. He did what no one else would ever imagine to do.
It all comes down to what we do with Jesus. It is our responsibility to choose. No one can choose for us. No one else can make the decision. It is our decision to make and we’re left to either reject or accept the great exchange. That’s it.
At the end of the Chris Tomlin video and movie trailer here, there is a great line. “Though my memory’s fading, I remember two things very clearly. I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”