I recently picked up Mark Twain’s classic, “The Prince and the Pauper.” It’s a typical Mark Twain work, very entertaining. You can read it for free here. You can listen to it for free here. (I like to listen as I follow along in the written text).
Anyway, this is a story of contrasts. All the Prince had ever known was the luxuries of the castle and the aristocracy. All the Pauper had ever known was the difficulties of the slums of England. Yet, this changed when they switched places. The Prince began to know the common life and the Pauper began to know the royal life.
It’s a great picture of the gospel. Before coming to earth, all Jesus ever knew was glory with His Father. Upon the earth, all we ever knew was the realities of sin and the difficult effects that sin creates. But, all this changed when Jesus switched places with us at the cross. He took all of our sin, that He might give to us all of His righteousness.
“God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).