Trading Places

DesertOur Palm Sunday Musical has me thinking about the life of Christ. We sing about His birth, His death and resurrection, but how often do we think about His life? There is much blessing and encouragement for us in understanding the space between the manger and the cross. The work of Jesus Christ that He accomplished through His life is as crucial to our salvation as His death! Our salvation could not be complete without His life. When God gave his commandments in the Old Testament, he expected complete obedience.  Anything less than this guaranteed a curse.  If you want a vivid and sobering picture of what law breakers deserve, read the curses of Deuteronomy 28.

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:” (Deut. 28:15)

These curses belong to us.  The wages of our sin is death.  Jesus’ mission was not just to bear that curse, but also to fulfill God’s law completely and perfectly. Unlike us, Jesus pleased His Father perfectly in every season of life.  As the perfect Man, He earned for us all of the blessings of obeying all of God’s Law.

What does this mean for you and me?

  1. Jesus bore my curse, and He also gave me His righteousness. He was made a “curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Gal. 3:13) He has “clothed me with the garments of salvation,” and “covered me with the robe of righteousness.”  (Is. 61:10)
  2. Jesus feels for us and gives us grace when we ask. Our high priest is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities.” (Heb. 4:15)  Because He endured all His temptations without sin, He bids us come boldly for grace.

Christians, we must celebrate the life of Christ!  It should profoundly move us that all of his perfect acts of righteousness have been place on our account.  We should be overflowing in thankfulness that Jesus demonstrated perfect obedience every minute of his earthly road.  In order for us to get His righteousness, He had to walk this road. How often we fail!  Aren’t you glad that he never did?  He endured through every season.  So, praise Him, Christian.  He is worthy of all of our love and devotion.

3 Responses

  1. Good article, Pastor Connors. Without the sinless life of Christ, we would have no hope whatsoever.

  2. Pastor Connors, thank you so much for your message (and the messages the choir has been receiving via email). I truly see this as a step of preparation to singing His praises and truths on Sunday’s.

  3. Thank you Pastor Connors for directing our thoughts to the obedient life of Christ and His sacrifice for us. The thought that Jesus took my curse upon Himself left me considering why I sometimes still feel the weight of my own sin. I guess I am not truly believing that Jesus took all of my sin. He took it all. That would have to mean that there is no sin left for me to bear. I am free. Free to live for Him.

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