When internet porn looses its draw; when lying discards its perceived benefit; when gossiping misplaces its advantage; when laziness fails to satisfy; when any sin under the sun jettisons its gratification; then you have meditated on the horrors of the cross.
Our sin killed Jesus. Yes, I know that we didn’t physically put him on the cross. But I also understand that he became our sin on the cross (2 Cor 5:21a). Put simply, Jesus transferred his righteousness to us, while we transferred our sin to him (2 Cor 5:21b). This allows us to live the life Jesus ought to have lived, while he died the death we ought to have died.
In this exchange, he died in our place and we live in his place. Jesus soaked up the wrath of God on cross, as the Father opened up the nozzle of his wrath on him. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” (Matt 27:46) yelled Jesus as he suffered God’s fury.
At a human level, we can view the exchange this way: You sin; your sin transfers to Jesus; Jesus pays for that sin. I know that the Bible does not teach Jesus suffered more because of the amount of sins he bore. Nonetheless, every time you sin you contribute to death of the Messiah.
Mediating on the horrors of the cross cripples your sin. When Paul says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil 4:8), he surely meant the work of Christ.
How hellish is it to slander, lie, imbibe sexual thoughts and images and to do whatever else, while you contemplate the horrors of the cross?
Ponder horror to cripple your sin.