Derek Price tells this story that at one Easter he had in his mind the image of Golgotha with the three crosses, but the middle cross was taller. The Holy Spirit began to exam him and asked 'For whom was the middle cross made? but be careful with your answer. Price said he thought for a while and said, 'Barabbas.' God said, 'That's correct.' Then the Holy Spirit said, 'But Jesus took his place.' Price said, 'That's correct for the cross was really made for Barabbas and he was released.' Then the Holy Spirit said, 'But I thought Jesus took your place?' I said continues Price' 'That's correct.' Then God said, 'You must be Barabbas.'
The scriptures state very plainly that Jesus tasted death that we might share his life. This truth is not that well understood by the majority of believers and bible scholars. I remember when I was studying at theological college we had to study a number of theological views that attempted to explain Christ's death. Fortunately I have forgotten the details, but suffice to say that I passed the end of year exam.
But a close examination of the scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit and with both ears listen listening one can rejoice in the supernatural exchange that took place on Golgotha. Simply put = by the grace of God Jesus tasted death for you and me.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death,so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Heb 2
The key words here are; Grace: Taste Death: Everyone. As I blogged before Grace is simply God's gift to us so that we are made righteous, by not having to earn it through the regulations of the Mosaic Law or our own efforts.
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Jn 1
Jesus not only died to exchange his life for ours but he tasted death for all. Jesus endured the bitterness, the anguish, the darkness, the loneness and all the evil that goes with death
Everyone means everyone.
Jesus tasted death so that by the grace of God everyone might share his life through faith. There are three broad exchanges that took place that afternoon on the hill outside the city of Jerusalem.
Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven
Jesus was wounded that we might be healed
Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness s that we may be made righteous with his righteousness.
There is a verse in Galatians that is not understood but it holds such a powerful truth that the enemy wishes to hid it from us. I refer to Galatians 3
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the lawby becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus,so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Every Jewish reader who read this would understand that this exchange of curses for blessings is referring to the chapter in Deuteronomy 28, which if we had been led by the spirit of Truth we would have come to understand the gravity of Christ's death. I encourage you to read this chapter.
It is so simple – Jesus was made a curse so that we might partake in the blessings.
Jesus was made a curse that you... ... ... ... ... . (Insert your name) might receive the blessings that Christ by the grace of God through his death has claimed for you.
Secondly I wish to combine two verses from 2 Corinthians – 8:9 & 9:8.
For you know the graceof our Lord Jesus Christ,that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,so that you through his poverty might become rich. And God is ableto make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,you will abound in every good work.
You do not need to be a great scholar to see this exchange; Jesus became poor so that we might become rich. Through Gods unmerited favour, meaning we do not earn this exchange for it God's gift to us - notice that there are three 'Alls'. All Grace; All Things, All times. Can we believe this? Can we comprehend this Gift of God that we will abound in every good work? Because of his poverty we might become rich in mercies. Abound means you have enough for your needs and more than enough left over to share with others in every good work.
Jesus was made poor that you (Insert your name) might be rich with abundance to share with others.
I now want to bring a number of verses together to show that Jesus endured our shame so that we might share his glory.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows,and familiar with suffering.Like one from whom men hidetheir faces he was despised,and we esteemed him not.4Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, Is 53
We read that Jesus was stripped naked to suffer the shame and indignity from the solders and those who passed by for the solders had cast lots for his clothes. We also read that the females stood back at a discreet distance because of the shame.
so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Heb 2
Jesus suffered our shame so that we might be become sons and daughters of Glory.
Jesus bore my (Insert your name) shame so that I (Insert your name) might be made a child of glory.
These are but a few of the exchanges that took place when Christ tasted death for everyone. There are more that need to be studied but I believe that you have the idea that on the cross an exchange took place.
Hallelujah What a savior!
"Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven
Jesus was wounded that we might be healed
Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we may be made righteous with his righteousness."
We must never forget this.
Amen brother, Jesus paid it all.
Yours in Christ,
Amen and amen!