"After the suffering of His soul, He will see the light of life and be satisfied; by His knowledge My righteous servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities."
On the Cross of Calvary a divine exchange took place, planned out by God. In this exchange, everything evil that was upon our lives was taken and placed onto Jesus and in turn, all that is good that is inside of Jesus is now inside us.
For hours, Jesus hanged there on the Cross, His every effort to breathe was agonizing. To draw even a single breath He had to push His body upward to support Himself, resting His whole weight on the nails that pierced His feet. This sent excruciating and unbearable pain shooting through His tendons. On top of all this, He will have started to contract a fever from the infected wounds over His entire body. His life was slowly fading away with every drop of blood that fell to the ground. He remained there until He knew that the work He was entrusted to do by the Father had been completed.
It is so important to get this image of the cross firmly in our minds because it will prove a great help to us when we most need it. On the Cross the Lord absorbed all of our iniquity and completely removed the curse, destroying it once and for all. When we get a hold of this revelation, the miracle of this exchange takes place in our lives. All the evil that might have overwhelmed us is absorbed by the power of the Cross of Jesus. God takes the rebellious and sinful nature and lays it upon the body of His Son Jesus Christ. In turn, all the blessings of God become ours when we give our whole life to Him. Jesus said, “All I have is yours, and all you have is mine” (John 17:10).
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
A certain man looked at the woman who had been his wife for many years and was shocked at the way she looked. He approached her to ask, “Did you get some type of extreme makeover?” The woman responded firmly, “No.” “So what happened to you? You look so different!” “I went on a three day spiritual retreat, and there I came to know Jesus as my Savior. He changed me on the inside and what you see now is the reflection of what the Lord has done inside of me.” This man’s previous plans to divorce his wife and marry a younger woman disappeared in an instant. He decided to pursue his own wife; the one who had given him three beautiful children. As a result, they chose a date to renew their vows. When there is a change within us, our whole lives reflect it outwardly.
"Since I have experienced salvation, I live in the power of Your blessing everyday."
Today's post is an excerpt from Pastor Cesar Castellanos' book, Declarations of Power for 365 Days of the Year: Volume One.
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: Genesis 41; Psalms 18:25-50
- New Testament: Matthew 8:1-13; Acts 11:1-18