Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Christ Did!

Last night I went to bed meditating on Joseph's Prince devotional.  He was speaking about how when Jesus was on the cross, was the first time he referred to "God" as "God" instead of Father.  The scripture was Matthew 27:46 (My God, My God why have You forsaken me).  The devotional talked about how God had to turn his back on Jesus because His eyes could not behold the sin that He took on for us.  Remember Him who knew no sin, became sin.  Jesus had to become something that would cause His own Father to turn His back, so that God's face could shine on us.  Can you imagine? The pain not only physically but emotionally.  He was alone, for us.  But at the same time, God was pleased with Him because of how He loved, but He couldn't embrace Him in that moment on the cross and say "Son, I am so pleased with you".  At a time when any human being would need it most,  God had to turn His face because Him being Holy could not behold the sin that Jesus took on.  The pain and agony that Jesus went through. He became separated from His Father, so that we can be in a right relationship with the Father.  He became sin so that we could be free of sin.  He left royalty and became poor so that we could be rich.  He laid down His life so that we could have life.  His body was bruised so that we could be healed.  He became despised, so that we could be accepted.  He became naked so that we could be clothed in righteousness.  He become like us (taking on the form of sinful flesh) so that we could become like Him.  He became a man of sorrow so that we could have joy.  The chatisement for our peace was upon Him so that we could have peace.  How dare we reject any of the benefits that come with being a child of God.  How dare we take credit for any good thing in our lives.  How dare we act like we can do anything to become a better Christian, when He did it all for us.  How dare we refuse to acknowledge and rest in His finished work.  How dare us to think we can add anything to what He's done for us, as if to say "it was not finished" when Jesus said it was.  Rest in Christ and stop thinking you have to fight for what He did.  In returning and rest you shall be saved.  In quiet and confidence shall be your strength.  Don't let the world tell you different.

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