Jesus’ Death Was Our Gain

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed day! I am so glad you’re here. In my last post, I discussed how Jesus’ death ended the separation between Man and God. We can now draw near to God with no fear. We aren’t judged based on our actions, but by the actions of our High Priest.

Jesus’ death also provided us with gifts for soul and body; eternal salvation and perfect health and wholeness. Jesus’ death used to be so hard for me to think about. It was heart-breaking. Every Easter, I was in tears because I had to remember all of the awful pain he endured. So, I tried to block it out. Not to think about it. Then from listening to sermons, including Pastor Joseph Prince, reading the bible, and diligently praying, I started to understand that Jesus’ death on the cross was exactly what he wanted. He knew what he was doing and he did it for me and you. Beloved, do you know that Jesus’ suffering before and at the cross gives you a path to Heaven, but also divine health? “By his stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

When Jesus went to the cross, he suffered immensely. Not only was it very physically brutal, but he also had to take our sin and the results of that sin upon himself, to be our sacrifice. Can you imagine? He who knew no sin. He knew that he was born to die, but became extremely distressed when his hour had come. In Matthew 26:38-40, it says, “Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” To say he wasn’t looking forward to what was ahead, is the understatement of the millennium. He asked the Father to give him a way out; to please provide another way. Nevertheless, he agreed to do the will of God and it was the only way. It was the only way to win back what was lost by Adam’s sin and Jesus was willing to pay the price because he SO loves you.

When the self-righteous Jewish Pharisees called for his crucifixion, the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate asked the crowd, “What evil has he done?” (Matthew 27:23). He did no wrong, committed no crime, and yet agreed to die for us. Before Jesus went to the cross, he was beaten, humiliated, and scourged. Jesus was lashed 39 times with a whip called a cat o’ nine tails. This was a long, leather whip that had many sharp objects woven within. This would include broken pieces of glass and broken animal bones. It was exceptionally good at separating flesh from bone. Tendons, veins, and muscles were exposed. There was hardly a sliver of skin left on his back. This is why Jesus could not carry the cross all the way up to Calvary. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

That was just the beginning. Death at the cross was a popular method of Roman execution at the time because it was painfully slow. The true cause of death during crucifixion is suffocation. The way the hands were nailed made it very difficult to breathe. Essentially, they were stuck in a way that only exhaling was possible. The legs were nailed in a way where the knees were slightly bent, so to inhale, the person would have to push themselves up and take a breath. Once the Romans became bored or had other business to attend to, they would use a club to break the knees of the person, so that they could no longer lift themselves up to inhale. This caused suffocation and death within half an hour. It was prophesied in the bible that no bones of Jesus would be broken and that came to pass. It was the day of the Passover and the executions had to come to a close, so the Romans got the club and approached Jesus and the two thieves. “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and immediately, blood and water flowed out” (John 19:33-34). Medical professionals have studied this verse and they say that the only way blood gets mixed with water is if the heart breaks/tears.

His heart had to break, so that ours can be made whole. Every punishment he endured was to give us something better. Just as he received our punishment, we are worthy to receive his reward. The wages of sin is death. Sin is also the cause of disease and suffering. Since Jesus had no sin in him, he deserved perfect health. However, he traded places with us in that divine exchange, so we are now owed perfect health. Once I realized this, I started to meditate on his suffering and saying, Lord, I accept this gift you have given me. I don’t honor you by refusing to acknowledge it. In fact, I dishonor you and I don’t want all your suffering to be in vain. If acknowledging and accepting your suffering and death provides me with health, then I will reflect on it. With every lash he was given, he saw a cure for cancer, for heart disease, for migraine headaches. Since he physically suffered, we no longer have to. We can remember his suffering and declare that by His stripes, we are healed! Amen. Beloved, if you are suffering some illness or disease in your body, remember Jesus’ sacrifice. Declare out loud that you are healed by his scourging and that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus has provided us with a righteous foundation to stand on.

Even if you have been believing for healing, don’t give up! Even if the condition seems worse, keep believing! Speak what you want to see, not what you see now. That is how God works. In Genesis 1:3, it says, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” He first spoke what he wanted to see and then it became reality. Right now, I am believing for healing of my hands. I have a severe case of eczema that goes from bad to worse, then back to bad, then to worse. It causes many cuts to form between my fingers and on top of my hands. When it’s really bad, washing my hands feels like I am squeezing lemon juice in the wounds. It also looks terrible! Everyone mentions it and I hide them a lot. It’s been very difficult for the last two years, but I am going to keep declaring that by His stripes I am healed. Beloved, I encourage you to do the same! If you have any prayer requests or questions, please feel free to reach out. I would love to hear from you!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis

You Are The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed day! As I discussed in my last post, the purpose of Jesus going to the cross was to end the separation between Man and God. Sin separates us from God because of his righteousness and holiness. God cannot be in the presence of sin. It is physically impossible. Sin will be overcome by his holiness and die. The bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). When sin occurs, blood must be shed as a payment. During Yom Kippur, the Jewish people would sacrifice unblemished animals and that blood would pay for their sins for one year. They always had a High Priest, who would perform the sacrifice and enter a sacred space in their temple, which was called the Holy of Holies. This is the place where God would physically dwell and only the High Priest was allowed to enter and only once per year.

This area was separated from the main part of the temple by an enormous veil. It was approximately 60 feet high, 20 feet wide, and four inches thick. The High Priest had to follow the sacrificial ritual exactly, in order to pay for the people’s sins and make it out alive. The High Priest’s clothing had bells that would jingle as he moved and the people on the outside would tie a rope around his waist to make sure they could pull him out, should he perish inside. Since they were sinners, they could not go in to get him. They would die in God’s presence. So, as long as the bells were ringing, they knew all was well. God would judge the High Priest based on the ritual he performed and if God accepted him, he also accepted everyone he represented. Everyone would rejoice once he emerged, as they knew they were accepted and forgiven by God for another year.

This was the process until our eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, sacrificed himself as a payment for sins, once and for all. God judged and accepted Jesus as our High Priest, so he also accepted everyone he represented. Beloved, that includes me and you! The best part is that the precious blood of Jesus covers our sin forevermore, not just for one year. The exact moment Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:50-51). God himself tore the veil and declared there is no more separation between Man and God! Sin cannot separate us because we are seen as righteous in the eyes of God.

Because of his son’s sacrifice, we are forgiven, we are worthy of all his blessings, and we are joint heirs with Jesus to the Kingdom of Heaven. Beloved, the Lord wants you to draw near to him. He will not judge you based on your actions, as he has already judged your High Priest. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you will do in the future, you will never lose your righteous standing with God. His son’s sacrifice will always be bigger than your sin or mistakes. Jesus SO loves you and he wants you to take advantage of all the amazing blessings he paid for on the cross, in this life and the next. Beloved, I pray that as you read this blog, you will have a revelation of who Jesus truly is. Please feel free to reach out with prayer requests or questions. I would love to hear from you!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis