We Enjoy Ourselves in This Craft
“Jesus Christ was and is ‘for us’ in that He took our place as our Judge. We have seen that in its root and origin sin is the arrogance in which man wants to be his own and his neighbor’s judge. According to Gen. 3:5 the temptation which involves man’s disobedience to God’s commandment is the evil desire to know what is good and evil. He ought to leave this knowledge to God, to see his freedom in his ability to adhere to God’s decisions in his own decisions. He becomes a sinner in trying to be as God: himself a judge. To be a man—in the world which is hostile to God and unreconciled with Him—is to be the pseudo-sovereign creature which finds its dignity and pride in regarding it as its highest good and most sacred duty to have knowledge of good and evil and to inform itself about it (in relation to itself and others). To be a man means in practice to want to be a judge, to want to be able and competent to pronounce ourselves free and righteous and others more or less guilty.
We enjoy ourselves in this craft and dignity. We find our consolation and refuge and strength in exercising it. In our supposed right to do this we all have our safe stronghold, a trusty shield and weapon in relation to ourselves, our neighbors and God. The event of redemption in Jesus Christ not only compromises this position, not only attacks this safe stronghold, but destroys it. It is not merely a moral accusation against the pride of man. It is not merely an intellectual exposure of the error which has led him into it. It is the fact by which the position of man is taken away, by which it is made impossible and untenable, by which the stronghold is breached.
Jesus Christ as very man and very God has taken the place of every man. He has penetrated to that place where every man is in his inner being supremely by and for himself. This sanctuary belongs to Him and not to man. He has to do what has to be done there. What is man in relation to Him? One who is dispossessed, expelled, a displaced person. He has no more say even in this home of his, this place where the flesh is most intensively and happily and seriously flesh. His knowledge of good and evil is no longer of any value. He is no longer judge. Jesus Christ is Judge.”
[This is why we read Karl Barth. Church Dogmatics IV/1, 231–232]