April 08, 2011

Jesus, Our Redeemer

Galatians 3:13-14 says, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” On the cross, the Lord Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law.  The curse of the law was three-fold: sin, sickness, and poverty.  Because of man’s sin and rebellion against God, this three-fold curse was allowed to come on him.  Sin separated man from God, sickness separated man from health, and poverty separated men from prosperity and blessing.

In man’s fallen state, he could do nothing to separate himself from the curse that had come on him.  God, through His grace and mercy, provided a way for man to be free.  God’s provision for our redemption was to send Jesus, His only begotten Son, to take our place of judgment and provide a way to redemption and reconciliation to God.  On the cross, Jesus was made to be sin for us.  In becoming sin for us, He also took upon Himself sin’s destructive offspring of sickness and poverty.

II Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus, the sinless, holy, Son of God took our sin upon Himself and took our place so we could receive His righteousness in our lives.  In Christ we are no longer sinners and outcasts, but now we are the righteousness of God in Him.

I Peter 2:24 says, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”  Not only did Jesus provide redemption from sin, He also provided healing for our bodies.  We no longer have to toil under the load of sickness and disease.  By Jesus’ stripes we are healed.  Healing is now the children’s bread.  We can now be healed in our bodies from all sickness and disease.

II Corinthians 8:9 says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”  On the cross, Jesus was stripped of everything.  He gave up everything so we could receive everything.  Prosperity and God’s full supply are a part of the blessing the Lord has provided for us.  It is right for us to believe that God will now supply our need according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are to no longer live under the curse.  We are now to live under the blessing of Abraham.  Galatians 3:29 says, ‘And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  In Christ, we are the seed of Abraham and heirs to these blessed promises.  As we press into this Easter season, I pray that you will take the time to renew yourself in all the Lord has done for you and give Him praise and thanksgiving.  A great way to honor the Lord is to receive all He has done for you, and use it as a testimony to others that what God has done for you, He will do for them.

This Easter, let us each celebrate our redemption and give God glory by sharing His good news with others, and worshipping Him with other Believers in the House of the Lord.