The good news of Good Friday is not just that Jesus died on the cross to remove the penalty of our sins, but that, his death actually changed our personal identity. When Christ died on the cross for our sins, He was dying to remove all of the guilt, shame and the weight associated with our wrongdoings. Now as those who have accepted his death as payment for our transgressions, our sins have been completely removed from the Father’s sight. Therefore, when God sees us, He no longer sees our sin. Halleluiah!
As a result, I am no longer seen by God as a “sinner”. The blood of Christ has sheltered my sins from God’s sight. Every time I say, “I’m just a sinner”, I am actually making an offense to Christ’s work on the cross! In addition to removing the blemishes of sin, the Father through Jesus has granted me his righteousness. Therefore, not only are all my misdeeds erased, all of Christ’s good deeds have been added to my account. I have received an “A” on my spiritual report card because Christ has passed the test of God’s righteous standard on my behalf.
I am now a saint. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I am perfect, yes perfect, in God’s sight. That’s true for you as well fellow believer; you are perfect before God in Christ. Meditate on that truth and see just how it transforms you! Christ’s death changes our identity from sinner to son or daughter. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1a)
Friend, stop calling yourself a sinner! Jesus died to remove your sins. Will you still fall short? Will you still make mistakes, sometimes willful and other times in ignorance? Yes, yes and yes. Yet, when God sees you he no longer sees your sins, He sees Christ’s righteousness. “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)