Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Heb. 2:17)
God did not save us at a distance. He was personally involved with our freedom. A mystery of the work of grace is that Jesus saved us by becoming like us, to deliver us from what was keeping us in bondage and thereafter making us become like Him! Romans 8:3 says “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh”. He carried the same body that is pruned to temptation and sin like we do, yet lived a sinless life so that He came be a perfect sacrifice.
Jesus did not deliver us from anything He did not suffer for. He had to become sin for us, carrying all the sin of humanity has ever, and will ever, commit, on His body on the cross and bear the wrath of God against sin (2 Cor. 5:21). After He took our place of sin, He then brought us into His place of righteousness. The same is true of disease. The reason we are healed is that Christ’s body carried the weight of suffering of the disease of all humanity. Matthew 8:16-17 says “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses”. You see, we are not healed today simply because God is a Healer. It is because His Son actually paid the price for us to be healed. Healing, therefore, is your right in Christ.
The same is true of poverty! He set us free from poverty by giving up riches to be poor that we might be rich! For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Cor. 8:9).
The take-home message from His substitutionary work is that nothing He gives to us is cheap. It is free to us but was not to Him. Do not suffer for what Christ suffered for. He longs to see us enjoy what He suffered for by exercising our faith in His Word. If Christ suffered for it, you do not need to repeat His work. It is finished!
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Josh 1: 8)
Meditate on this truth again and again for as long as it takes to get it sinking your spirit.
Water the Seed (word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Praise the Lord for His sacrifice, so that we can be free. Ask Him for the revelation and grace not to make His suffering of no value.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
Stand your ground on God’s Word and reinforce your rights in Christ. Jesus is well pleased to make His suffering worthwhile as we receive in faith what He paid for. Christ suffered in vain if you are not able to receive what He suffered for. Stand on your rights in Christ by revelation and faith!
Recommended Read: What is Repentance?
Must Read!: What is a Daily Devotional?