Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Divine Exchange

From the foundation of the earth the Lamb of God was slain.  God the Father knew that Man would fall from grace and that He would have to separate Himself from Adam's sin. At that time,God the Son loved the Father so much that He submitted to His Father and was willing to endure the wrath of God for our unrighteousness. Thousands of years later, a blood Covenant  between God the Father and God the Son was manifested at the cross of Calvary. God's justice was satisfied by the death of His Son. When Jesus cried out, "My God, my God , why have you forsaken me?"  God the Father had turned His back, on His Son. Jesus became sin.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn't call out, "Father, Father why have you forsaken me?"  Could it be that Jesus at that moment became sin and His Father disowned Him, so we through His death and resurrection could call God "our Father, too?" 

In the mind  of God  that day,  the most incredible  and amazing DIVINE EXCHANGE took place.  Believing and understanding this exchange has given me a more positive and growing intimate relationship with the Lord. Our new life in Christ Jesus is so much more than just being forgiven.  We process the very life of our God.
Jesus said, "Greater things you shall do because I go to the Father."
Do you think the disciples understood what He meant? Do we as believers really today believe this divine exchange for ourselves?

Jesus was punished....
                         that we might be forgiven

Jesus was wounded...
                         that we might be healed,

Jesus was made sin from our sinfulness...
                          that we might be made 
            righteous with His righteousness.

Jesus died our death
                           that we might receive life
Jesus was made a curse
                 that we might enter into the blessing
Jesus endured our poverty...
                that we might share His abundance

Jesus bore our shame...
                 that we might share His glory

Jesus endured our rejection ...
                                        that we might have
                  His acceptance with the Father

Jesus was cut off by death...
                 that we might be joined to God eternally.

Our old man was put to death in Him
                                      that the new man
                        might come to life in us.

Isaiah 53:4-5, 2Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 2:9, Galatians 3:13, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Hebrew 12:2

Ephesians 1:5-6, Isaiah 53:8b, Colossians 3:0-10

These verses have been put together by Derek Prince Ministries to encourage us in our new life.

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