Growing up, I was always told that Jesus died for my sins. But what Jesus’ death meant and how it helped me, I never really understood.
How could Christ die for our sins when we weren’t even born to commit them? And how can something that happened 2000 years ago affect our everyday lives today?
Imagine you’re on trial for road rage. Fortunately for you, the person presiding over the case is your father. But then you know that, though your father loves you, he is also a just judge who respects the law and would, therefore, deliver a fair verdict.
He looks at you and declares, “You must pay a $2000 fine or spend six months in jail.” You are penniless and cannot pay the penalty. Just as the police arrive to take you away to serve your jail sentence, your father, the judge, steps down from his seat and writes a $2000 check.
Because the judge is fair, he had to give the right verdict. But he’s also your father, and he loves you, so he willingly pays the fine on your behalf.
It is now up to you to accept or reject his offer.
Now you might say, who in their right minds would reject such an offer!?
But that is exactly what we have been doing for years: rejecting a Father’s most unselfish offering.The above story is exactly what Christ did for us. The Law declared us guilty. God, as a judge, had to deliver justice.
As a father, despite our wrongdoings, He loves us. So God became man and, on the cross, took our every sin and curse upon Himself, allowing us to walk in victory. It’s sad that most Christians go through life struggling in different areas without realizing the blessing and freedom they have in Christ. Jesus now stands before us, reaching out His hand, waiting for us to accept Him and His ultimate sacrifice.
Let’s explore what Christ, through His death, accomplished for us, shall we?
1. Jesus’ Death Enabled The Divine Exchange On The Cross
Time brings in the concept of past, present, and future tense. Because God exists outside of time, He can see our past, present, and future all at once. So, even before we were born, God knew all the sins we would commit, but as a loving and merciful Father, He had a plan set in place to save us from eternal hellfire and separation from Him.
He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that all of our sins – past, present, and future, might be washed away by His shed blood. According to the Bible, the wages of sin is death. By laying down His life for us, Jesus paid the price for our wrongdoings, so now when God looks at us, He no longer sees our sins because we’ve been cleansed by Christ’s sinless blood.
Consider yourself at the foot of the cross, gazing up at Jesus’ battered and bleeding body. And then you cry to the Lord, ‘You took on the penalty I deserved so that the good You deserve may be made accessible to me.’
Jesus fulfilled the demands of the law on our behalf. Because Jesus satisfied the demands of the law on our behalf, we no longer are under the law but under God’s grace. The price has been paid by God Himself.
At the cross, a divine exchange took place.
When we placed our faith in Christ for salvation, our sin and its consequences were exchanged for His righteousness and life. Being publicly shamed is one of the most terrifying and humiliating experiences a person can have. Imagine your boss slapping and spitting on you in front of the entire office because you didn’t submit a report on time. Isn’t enduring such insult difficult to even imagine?
None of us would take an insult of that magnitude and not react. Our Lord, despite being publicly beaten to a pulp, ridiculed, stripped, spat on, and laughed at, remained silent. Why? Because Jesus didn’t just carry your sin on the cross, He also bore your SHAME.
Shame because of your past. Shame because of what others think of you. Shame for your failures. Shame for never feeling good enough. Shame is a painful burden to bear.
When you feel empty, worthless, and unloved, your Father comes to pick you up and points you to the cross. Saying to you, you are so valuable that the God of the universe Himself chose to die for you. He collects every tear you shed (Psalm 56:8-9) and has even numbered the hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He loves the tiniest details about you because you are His child.
When Abba extends His hand to you and you take it, you are born-again as a new creation in Christ. And your past, whatever it was, has been erased. You are different now, and the world notices because Christ’s grace radiates through you when you surrender to him and follow his lead.
2. Jesus’ Death Paved Way For 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 of the heavy lifting for us but His death and resurrection also made it possible for the Holy Spirit to come as our Helper. We can never keep the Law by our own efforts, but only by walking in the Spirit. God, Himself comes to live within us, working all things good in us and through us.
Even when we mess up, He never abandons us. At times when we fail and struggle with guilt, He guides us back to the cross, reminding us that we were loved even as unworthy sinners, and reassures us of our redemption in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to carry out Christ’s work on earth.
3. Jesus In His Death Defeated The Powers of Darkness
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him
Satan used our sin as his weapon to guilt and shame us, making us want to hide from God. Jesus, by washing away all our sins with His blood and making us spotless, has left Satan powerless. Sin no longer has power over us. We have died to sin and come to life in Christ.
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Our righteousness doesn’t come from us keeping the law, but through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9).
So now, when Satan comes whispering lies in your ears, telling you that nothing you do will ever be good enough, you smirk and remind him that it is not about what you do, but about what Christ has done.
Christ’s death forms the basis for our pardon and perfection.
4. Jesus’ Death Gives 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 Greek word for “saved” is “Sozo,” which means “to save, deliver, or protect, to be made whole”. People often think that Jesus died so we could be saved from hellfire and experience heavenly life after death. But what most people don’t realize is that heaven has already invaded earth in the person of Jesus Christ, destroying the sin barrier that existed between God and man. When we are saved by Jesus, we walk into deliverance, provision, health, and Christ’s peace.
God’s favor overflows in every area of your life.
You’re in the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of your Almighty Abba. No evil shall befall you nor any plague come near your dwelling. He gives His angels charge over you and they guard you at all times. God satisfies you with a long and healthy life and shows you His salvation (Psalm 91).
5. Jesus’ Death Guarantees Us Supernaturally 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.
Many people have the misconception that in heaven, just our spirit lives on. In reality, the Bible teaches that in heaven, Christ will “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). We will be raised with new and perfect bodies. Our resurrected bodies will be indestructible. It won’t suffer sickness and aging. we will have new and perfect bodies (Imagine never having to work out another day after eating all that cheesecake, yasssss!)
6. Jesus’ Death Grants Us Eternal Life
Christ promised us an inheritance in heaven and blissful eternity with God. Knowing God intimately, closely, and personally is what eternal life entails. Because we have been born-again in Christ, our eternal life has already begun!
Believers can now face physical death without fear because we never cease to exist. We will be raised with immortal bodies and will enjoy eternal life assured by Jesus.