Substitution is actually built into the fabric of our lives. Soldiers giving their lives in the service of their country, mothers giving their lives in the act of childbirth, rescuers sacrificing their lives to save others. W
However somewhat negatively in small and large ways a more unhappy sort of substitution is powerfully at work in all of us. Whether getting to the shortest que at the supermarket before the next person, pulling out in front of someone in my car, shifting blame away from myself and onto others, or bartering down a trader whose lifestyle may be far below mine-it's all about conveniencing myself at the expense of others.
At the heart of the Easter story is Jesus giving up his life for my sin. Dramatically inconveniencing himself so that I can know forgiveness, peace with God and a great hope for the future. The cross is indeed a many splendoured jewel, but substitution is at the heart of it.
' God put the wrong on him who never did any wrong, so we could be put right with God' 2 Corinthains 5.21 The Message