Imagine a condemned criminal nervously pacing back and forth in his cell the evening of his execution. Publicly, he has denied his guilt, but privately he knows that his crimes were so terrible that he deserves the death penalty. The date has been set for some time. Now he is filled with unimaginable dread as the moment draws near.
Suddenly, a priest is ushered into his cell. The door clangs shut behind him, and the two men are alone together.
However, this man is no ordinary priest. He is the condemned man’s twin brother.
In the privacy of the cell, the priest convinces his brother to exchange clothing with him. The guard later unknowingly escorts the criminal outside the prison to freedom. The innocent brother is led to face the firing squad. He willingly takes the punishment that his brother deserves.
This is an amazing story of love. And it is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us.
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8.