Let us come to realize the supernatural power of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. This is of such importance that there is nothing more detrimental to our experiencing total and complete victory in our Christian walk than ignoring the cross, or failing to recognize its power to set us free from all that has held us in bondage. Truly, in this is contained the power and the wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:23-24) And so today let us seek to have a spiritual understanding of what happened on that day at Calvary, and how it connects to everyone who will receive what has been so freely made available.
When Jesus died on the cross, He represented you, me, and all of humanity—past, present and future. Or to be precise, he represented the guilt, the pain, the shame, the sickness, the lack, the iniquities, the addictions, and all of the suffering in the world which is tied to sin. He literally became sin so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He became our pain, so that we could be set free from it.
How can this be, you might ask. The key to understanding this lies in understanding every believer’s spiritual union with Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:17 says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” In other words, everyone who has received Jesus as Lord has become spiritually unified with Him. We are one with Jesus through the indwelling Holy Spirit. (see John 17:21)
It is because of our spiritual union with Christ that everything that is true about the life of Jesus has become true about us. Scripture says that our old self has been crucified with Him. (Romans 6:6) When we are in Christ, our old nature, our old self, everything in us which was drawn to the flesh and to sin, has been crucified. The moment we were joined unto the Lord, we died. Our old self has died, and our new self came alive. And what is the nature of our new self? It is created after God in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24) Our new self is spiritually identical to Jesus, which is why the Bible says that “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)
Now the reason many of us may oftentimes have difficulty accepting this is because we tend to make the mistake of looking at our behavior. Yet anytime we look at our behavior, we are regarding ourselves according to the flesh. Friends, we must learn to regard ourselves no longer according to who we have been in the flesh, but according to who we have been made to be in Christ. The Apostle Paul urges the Corinthians to regard no one according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 5:16) Naturally this does not mean we ignore our actions or fail to take responsiblity for them, but what it does mean is that we understand that our actions do not necessarily represent the truth of who we are in Christ.
Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) He did not say that the truth will make us free, but that knowing the truth will make us free. Brothers and sisters, we must know the truth, and we know the truth when we understand who we are in Christ. We must learn to receive by faith that we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Knowing that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus enables us to let go of all guilt, and when we are free from guilt, all of the forces of darkness lose their grip over us.
Friend, no matter where you may find yourself today, my prayer is that you would consider this: God loved you so much that He came into the world in human form to take upon Himself all of the pain, guilt and shame, any type of suffering you have ever experienced or may be currently experiencing. The infinite One became finite, the immortal One became mortal for the purpose of setting you free so that by His stripes you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Today, reflect upon your union with the Lord Jesus, and ask the Holy Spirit to make this real to you. He is not distant or far off, He is with you and He is in you. And He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
This is the living hope we have been given in the resurrection: when Christ died, we died; when He rose from the dead, we were born unto eternal life in Him. As He is, so are we in this world. How glorious are the finished works of our Lord!
Father, I thank You for the precious gift of Your Son. Thank You, Lord, for the victory You won for me two thousand years ago. Help me to have a revelation that when You died, my old self died with You; and when You rose to glorious life, I was given new, eternal and abundant life in You. Lord, today I surrender all of my hurts, my pains and my failures to You. Thank You that because You bore my infirmities on the cross, I no longer need to carry them. I confess and declare that I am righteous in You! I am free in You! I am victorious in You! By your stripes I have been healed! I love You, and I thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen!
1 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Corinthians 5:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:24, 1 John 4:17, John 17:21, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 13:5