What happened on the cross was a divinely ordained exchange. Your keys to your life are contained in that revelation that transpired on that cross. Many of God’s people today do not fully understand this truth and therefore they are grouping around in the dark and end up living defeated lives.
All the evil due to our rebellion came upon Jesus on the cross that all the good due to His sinless obedience might be made available to us. Or, to say it in another way, the evil came upon Jesus that the good might be made available to us.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Cor 5:21 NKJV)
We are a people purchased by God through that one sacrifice of a sinless soul.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2Cor 8:9 NKJV)
HE SUFFERED REJECTION FOR OUR SAKES
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” (Matt 27:46,50 NKJV)
The Father hated sin so much that He turned His face away from His son. At that crucial moment when the son cried out with such desperate agony yet the Father rejected that relationship. The son couldn’t take the separation, that rejection, between the Father and Himself for the first time in history. As far as the Father was concerned He looked at His son not as His son at that moment but rather as a complete and total sin offering and that broke the heart of Jesus. The heart of the Father was also broken because His only son, that sinless soul, was sacrificed to rescue mankind.
HE WAS CURSED
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:13-14 NKJV)
He became a curse for us by taking all our curses upon Himself and in exchange poured out His blessings upon us so that we can appropriate the blessings of Abraham upon us.
Think of it. In the death of this One Man, all the sins of the human race are fully paid for—past, present and future. As a result, those who believe in Jesus find that their sins are gone forever.
This is the heart of the gospel: God’s holiness demands that sin be punished. God’s grace provides the sacrifice. What God demands, He supplies. Thus salvation is a work of God from first to last. It is conceived by God, provided by God, and applied by God.
GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT
“And are justified freely by his grace.” (Rom. 3:24)
The word “freely” literally means “without a cost.” Salvation comes “without a cost” to us. That is, God saves us despite the fact that He can’t find a reason within us to save us. Salvation is a “free gift” to the human race. There is nothing in us that causes God to want to save us. No good works, no inner beauty, no great moral attainment, no intellectual merit of any kind. When God saves us, He does it despite the fact that we don’t deserve it.
This is the doctrine of free grace. God saves people who don’t deserve it! God saves people who actually deserve condemnation! God saves people in spite of themselves and contrary to their record. It is “pure, abounding, astounding grace!”
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Every single thing outside of Jesus that tries to attain salvation through human goodness or by human performance will be utterly futile and will only lead to a place of eternal death and not to a place of eternal life.
“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Is 53:4 NKJV)
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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