i took the following from Scott Bonds blog page.
One of our speakers, Scott Utter, was talking about the hashtag/topic #substitution.
He used Diet Dr Pepper as an example of something people drink in place of REAL Dr. Pepper. He talked about the negative publicity Taco Bell has received new “meat-substitute”. He reminded us about the infamous day the “substitute” teacher filled in at school.
He pointed out that substitutes are often something used to fill in for something SUPERIOR. If the real thing can’t be there,we’ll temporarily settle for something else.
The truth is God placed His Son, who was SUPERIOR, in our place. Through his perfect, obedient and holy life, Jesus lived the life we could not live. But for our sin, Jesus was punished, humiliated, and crucified in our place. He took our sin. He bore our griefs. He carried our sorrows. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
By giving Himself, He was our substitute (Eph 5:2).
Here’s a glimpse of good news, the gospel: Jesus, the portrait of perfection, stood in our place and became our substitute out of love.
Powerfully and gracefully, through Christ, God gave us His best, not what was left. Jesus is not an afterthought. Jesus is not a diet version or dollar-store, hand-me-down, used or lesser gift. God did not give us Diet Dr. Pepper or some cheap taco-meat substitute. God gave us His best gift in Christ.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21