Scandalous. Just the thought of blaming someone like Jesus– the perfect picture of blamelessness and selflessness– it feels wrong. Blasphemous. Sacrilegious. Dirty.

But... that's exactly what the gospel calls us to do.

The Oxford dictionary defines blame for us:

/blām/: to assign responsibility for a fault or wrong.

This is how we use, consume, apply the gospel. Almost all the definitions of the word "blame" fit well. To find fault. To hold responsible. That is exactly it. As uncomfortable as this makes us, we need to see this, embrace this, and live it out. This verse helps open our eyes to it:

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

All the points of this verse are what I will be writing about. He knew no sin. This is why only Jesus could do this. He became sin. This is why "finding fault" with him is right. So that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. This is our identity. Until we are able to identify ourselves surely, confidently, and boldly as righteous we won't be able to live out the lives we were called to. We would be wasting what Jesus did on the cross.

So get used to it. We will be blaming Jesus together. We will be reminding ourselves who we are by looking at what he did. We'll walk together in the discomfort of it. It is his fault. We are righteous.