Jesus lived the life I could not live and died the death I should have died.
The Cross is offensive because it directly confronts the evils that dominate so much of this world.
People who don’t believe in God habitually talk about the laws of nature, really that is a contradiction in terms because in our human experience we do not know of any law that was not made by a law maker. For every law there is a law maker that makes it. The principle of proper explanation is to proceed from the known to the unknown but when we talk about a law that was not made by anybody but proceeding from the unknown it’s an invalid method of explanation.
My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus. My members, the parts of my body are instruments of righteousness, yielded to God for His service and His Glory. The devil has no place in me, no unsettled claims against me. All has beed settled by the blood of Jesus. I overcome satan by the power of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony and I do not love my life unto the death. My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.
We all, like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to our own way;
And the Lord has laid on him,
The iniquity of us all.
God ordained this exchange. God laid on Jesus the iniquity (or rebellion) of us all. The rebellion of the entire sin cursed “Adamic” race came upon Jesus on the cross by divine appointment. The positive side is that in return all the good that was due to the sinless obedience of Jesus might be made available to us.
God visited upon Jesus the evil due to us that in return he might make available to us the good due to Jesus.
The evil came upon Jesus that the good might be made available to us.
God’s grace and mercy have ordained this exchange and made this provision. God visited upon Jesus our rebellion and He endured all the evil consequences of our rebellion, which by justice should have come upon us. The evil coming upon Jesus so that the good might be offered to us. Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven. Endured the judgment due to our rebellion—the punishment; the wages for sin is death. Jesus was physically wounded that we might be physically healed—by his wounds we are healed. He took our infirmities and bought our sicknesses. Jesus was made sin that we might be made righteousness. God made Him, Jesus, who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Jesus by the grace of God tasted death for every man. Jesus tasted our death that we might share his eternal life. On the cross Jesus endured our poverty He was striped and left totally impoverished, He was left with nothing. He took our poverty that we might share His abundance. On the cross Jesus was rejected by God the Father, He cried out and came no answer from heaven and he died of a broken heart. A heart broken by rejection but by his rejection we have acceptance with God the father. The truth comes out time and time again that the evil came upon Jesus so that the good might be made available to us.
- Derek Prince