Good evening family.. I believe our day went well. Mine was pretty eventful and my body feels a bit tired. On today’s installment on DailyPearls, we are going to be talking about Christ’s SACRIFICE AND EXCHANGE. On previous posts on our SALVATION series, we were able to talk about stuff from creation up until Jesus’ life. And we were able to establish that Jesus as a man lived a perfect life.
The first Adam who represented humanity in the beginning fell and through him, sin and death reigned through humanity. That’s why even a baby that is born today is born in sin, because it was the nature that was passed unto us and not just its actions.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me. NIV
In other to ‘undo what the first man; first Adam did; The second man; last Adam had to do something to counter the effect of what the first Adam did. So if the effect of what the first Adam did was sin and Death, the effect of what the last Adam would do would have to counter that which in turn brings life and righteousness. The bible records that Jesus is the Second Man and Last Adam.
1 Cor 15:45-46
45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” e; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. NIV
1 Cor 15:21-23
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.NIV
All these were going to happen in Christ but remember that the bible records that the wages of sin is death and no sin would go unpunished? Note that when we talked about THE ERA OF LAW, we explained that we were all cursed under the law because cursed is everyone who could not fulfill the law and we couldn’t because of the nature of sin in us then. God is Just and legal procedures must be done. He would never lower His standards. So before this new covenant, deal with the last Adam was going to happen, the requirements for the old covenant must be met. In our previous post, A LIFE OF PERFECTION, we see that God became flesh in Jesus and fulfilled the law that was required of us. So here’s Jesus as a man, perfect; and the rest of the world, sinners and imperfect. What happened was this, there was an exchange. Because he is God’s definition of righteousness as He’s God himself, he exchanged that righteousness with us and took on the nature of sin that we had on Him on that cross. But this exchange wasn’t going to be complete until He suffered the punishment that came with that nature on behalf of the world. Starting from the first Adam’s punishment to the punishment of every other person in the world, He took all upon Himself. First He suffered the worst part of our punishment; a disconnection from God because He didn’t become a sinner on that cross, He became SIN itself.
2 Cor 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. NIV
The very nature of sin. His nature was changed on that cross. Remember we stated in our last post that He is the very nature of God? That nature changed on that cross and God could not behold Him and God smote Him all for us.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.KJV
The only person that can take in God’s wrath is God Himself and so on that cross, Jesus took in the totality of God’s wrath on Him on our behalf. Trust me, the pain from the nails that were driven into Jesus’ body is nothing compared to the wrath of God that Jesus took in. In the process, He handled that curse that came with our inability to fulfill the law by hanging on that tree. Look at this
10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” NIV
So Christ first fulfilled the law on our behalf, was the righteousness of God, then he exchanged this righteousness for our sin nature and took in the punishment that was meant to be ours as a result of that nature. Isn’t that amazing? What other love can be greater than this?
*[[Joh 15:13]] KJV* Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
*[[Joh 15:14]] KJV* Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
How can you not love God after this? I mean he went through all these trouble just to reconcile us back to Him, to have a relationship with us, to make us Righteous in Him and to give us eternal life all in Him.
Father, help us to grow in the Knowledge of Your Love so that we can walk in the reality that you love us so very much. Amen.
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