One of the first things you do when you arrive in a foreign country is to exchange your money for currency that can be spent there. Sometimes your currency rate is strong and you get additional money. I love it when that happens. I have extra money to bring home souveneirs. But sometimes, your currency is weak and you loose money in the exchange. The rate of exchange determines the fair value of your money at the time of the exchange.
God’s Divine Exchange is not a fair exchange!
I am so thankful for that. If it were a fair exchange we would get what we deserved. Our sin has consequences. Sin must be judged by a just and holy God. The penalty for sin has to be paid. So Jesus came to save us from our sins!
When Jesus gave His life as a supreme sacrifice on the cross He paid the price for our sins. He paid our debt in full. His blood redeemed us from our sins!
God judged sin at the cross when His sinless Son took our place. But because Jesus had never sinned, death could not hold Him. Through His gift we can become children of God. Jesus made the cross a place of Divine Exchange!
Look at the picture of Divine Exchange at Jesus’ mock trial prior to the crucifixion.
They stripped Jesus and put a purple robe on Him. Then they twisted a crown of thorns and jabbed then onto and into his head. They mocked him with pretentious praise. (John 19:2)