I haven't always understood how Christ could have carried our sins for us, and had them forgiven. I've sort of understood because that's what people say he did, but the ransom (in a legalistic adam/jesus way) never held weight for me. But something recently happened that allowed me to understand. Terry said something on another thread also, about God being wrong/unjust to punish his Son for our sins, and I'll get to that as well.
But the sacrifice first.
Recently, someone I cared for (considered a brother) wronged someone else. No one knew all the details. I wanted to make amends for the person who committed the wrong, understanding that that person was not in a place to understand or make amends themselves, regardless of the reason. I have never wanted to do that for someone else before, but on this occasion I did. I wanted to contact the person who was wronged, make amends, and ask that the 'sin' be put on me, so that the one I cared for could be forgiven and go in peace. Now another person beat me to it in a sense... but the understanding that I gained from this feeling remained.
Out of love for us, Christ wanted to carry our sins on him... so he could make amends for us, because we are not in a place to understand or make amends for ourselves. We don't know what it is to love - completely, unselfishly, and everyone. We don't know what it is to show mercy to all. We don't understand because we rarely know who to turn to, or who to listen to in order to learn these things to begin with.
So Christ chose to carry our sins and he made amends for us by:
a) obeying his Father, showing faith and trust in His Father's will (which is where the ransom/adam/Christ comes into things... but there is so much MORE).
And this is the more, in my humble opinion:
b) Christ demonstrated what His Father wants from us - He forgave those who wronged Him, tortured Him, even killed him... and He asked His Father to forgive them as well.
He made amends for us by showing the mercy and the love that we are unable to show. That was fulfillment of the law.
Terry - God did not punish Christ for our sins. Christ chose to carry our sins, out of love. We tortured and killed him... and instead of doing what we do - blame, fight, curse, call down anger upon them - He gave what we should be giving: forgiveness and mercy... even asking His father to show them the same things.
I know many people understand Christ's sacrifice already. But I didn't. Not fully. I just wanted to share my new understanding with all of you.
Love and peace,