6 Ways Christ’s Death Helps Our Real Life
All our lives we have been hearing that Christ died for our sins. But How did He die for our sins when we weren’t even born to commit them? And How does something that happened 2000 years ago, actually impact our everyday modern life?
To answer your question, let’s imagine a court case scenario :
Imagine you are on trial for road rage. Luckily for you, the person judging the case happens to be your father.
But then you also realize that although your father loves you, he’s also a very just judge who respects the law and would, therefore, want to deliver a fair verdict.
He looks at you and declares, “You will have to pay a fine of $2000 or spend six months in jail”
You are penniless and cannot pay the penalty. Just as the officer comes to take you away to serve your jail term, your father, the judge walks down from his seat and writes a check for $2000.
The judge is just so he had to give the right verdict. But he’s also your father who dearly loves you, so he willingly pays the penalty on your behalf.
It’s now up to you to either accept or reject his offering.
Now you might say, who in their right minds would reject such an offer!?
But that’s exactly what we have been doing for years… rejecting a Father’s most selfless sacrifice.
The above story is exactly what Christ did for us. The Law declared us guilty. God being a judge, had to deliver justice. But He also loved us despite our sins. So God became man and took our every sin, curse, sickness, and poverty on Himself at the cross, so we could live abundant lives.
He now stands before us, reaching out His hand, waiting for us to accept Him and His ultimate sacrifice.
Here’s a list of top six things Christ through His death accomplished for us:
1. Jesus Died So We Don’t Suffer The Punishment For Our Sins.
Time brings in the concept of past, present, and future tense. Since God lives outside time, He can see our past, present, and future all at once.
So even before we were born, 2000 years ago, God already knew all the crimes and sins we would commit but being a loving and merciful Father, He had a plan devised in advance to save us from eternal hellfire.
He sent Jesus to die on the cross, so by His shed blood, all our past, present, and even future sins are washed away. The Bible says the wages of sin is death. Jesus paid the penalty of our wrongdoings by laying down his life for us, so now when God looks at us, He sees us covered by Christ’s sinless blood.
Jesus fulfilled the law on our behalf.
The price has been paid, God will not punish you again for the same crime because Jesus already paid the price.
2. Jesus died so we could be reborn as a new species.
Adam brought sin into the world and passed on his sinful nature to his descendants, thus making us incapable of living holy lives by ourselves. We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are born with the sin nature, just like a dog barks because barking is in its nature.
If a tree bears bad fruit, you cannot keep plucking the fruits off the tree and hope that the bad fruits will stop coming forth. Unless the root is attacked, the tree won’t stop bearing bad fruit. Similarly, all our sins emerge from the root of our sin nature which came in by heredity from Adam. So unless the root/heredity is changed there can be no saving for us. What comes in by birth can only go out by death. Therefore, God placed us in Christ at the Cross, so we died in Him. Christ didn’t die alone at the cross. We too died in Christ. Through Christ’s resurrection, we are reborn as a new species. Just like when born of Adam, we had Adam’s sinful nature, now being born of Christ, we have a Christ-like righteous nature. God made us a new-creation in Christ.
3. Jesus Gave Us Access To The “Sozo Lifestyle”
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
The word “saved” in the Greek language is “Sozo” which means “ to save, deliver, or protect, to be made whole (health, prosperity, and peace of mind).
Being saved by Jesus, we walk into deliverance, prosperity, divine health, and into perfect peace. People often think Jesus died so we can enjoy heavenly life after death. But Jesus died so we can enjoy heaven on earth. Eternal life for us begins now.
4. Jesus’ Death Enabled The Holy Spirit To Come As Our Helper.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Under the Old Testament, the law demanded perfection but never raised a finger to help. In the New Testament, Jesus not only did all the heavy lifting for us but His death and resurrection enabled the Holy Spirit to come as our Helper.
We can never keep the Law by self-efforts but only by walking in the Spirit. God placed us in Christ and Christ also operates within us through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers us to fulfill the righteous requirements of the Law. Walking in the Spirit doesn’t require self-efforts, but acknowledging the fact that our old sin nature has been crucified and permitting the Holy Spirit to do His work in and through us.
There will be times when we fail to heed the guidance of the spirit, but He never forsakes us. Every time we fail, He leads us back to the cross, reminding us we were loved even when we were unworthy sinners and reassures us of our salvation in Christ.
By the Holy Spirit, we now have access to supernatural power and gifts to continue Christ’s works on earth.
5. Supernatural, Transformed Bodies
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit that dwells in you.
A lot of people have the misconception that in heaven, it’s just our spirit that continues to live. While in fact, our bodies are raised as well. The resurrected body will be powerful and indestructible. It won’t suffer sickness and aging.
6. We Are Granted Eternal Life
Christ promised us an inheritance in heaven and blissful eternity with God.
Believers can now face physical death without fear because we never cease to exist. We have eternal life guaranteed through Jesus in our immortal bodies.
Let us praise God for His infinite goodness towards us. Amen.