“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
What separates Christianity from other religions? Is it that we sing songs with guitars and pianos? Or is it that we meet on Sundays? No. What separates Christianity from other religions is the fact that God Himself, in the form of Jesus, not only died in our place, but took our sins for us, so that we could be made right (holy, worthy, free from sin) before a Holy God. We don’t have to DO because it has been DONE!
We don’t have to memorise holy passages to gain God’s favour (although this is a good discipline), we don’t have to do something good to compensate for something bad we did, we don’t have to sacrifice animals, nor do we have to do ritual dances or chants to get God’s attention. All we need to do is trust, believe and accept that Jesus, God in the flesh, was completely innocent but became sin for us, to take our place and now because of that we are free from the payment of our sin and from doing things to get God’s attention or favour. It is almost like we have just cheated an exam. We didn’t have to study for it, work hard for it, or even know the right answers. God marked our paper with 100%. We have passed because of Jesus. Praise the Lord for Christ.