7 Things Christ's Death Accomplished

James Preston Reply 7:47 AM
Happy Easter!  On this week's blog it is only fitting that I share around the significance of Christ's death on the Cross.  And specifically what that remarkable feat accomplished for all of mankind.  Yes, you!

If you can grasp the significance of what Christ accomplished for you in His Death on the Cross, your life will never be the same.  That single revelation will open you up to a whole new world of limitless possibilities.  You will have a new energy and life driving to make a difference in this world.

My prayer is that as you read these, you would see for yourself how Jesus' death means a whole new life on a whole new level for you.

SO WHAT DID CHRIST'S DEATH ACCOMPLISH?

1. Revealed the Love of the Godhead

I say Godhead and not “God” because if I say “God” you may just imagine “God the Father”. No! All 3 of the Family of God love us just the same... passionately, deeply, unconditionally.

How does the most powerful being in the Universe reveal His Love for his pathetic little creatures* who are way below his intelligence level? The most powerful way is to lay down all His Might to the lowest possible weakness... and say “this is how much I love you!”

Take This Very Weak Example:
My son Joel would know for sure how deep my love for him goes if he was say about 12 years old, still his whole life ahead of him, but able to comprehend what's going on. That would make me 39 years old.  Arguably in the prime of my life. Business is booming. Life is flourishing and massive success awaits me.
But we're held hostage in a terrible crime situation. The hostage locks me up in one room and Joel in the other, and they say they have to shoot one of us to get their way... I could stay in my room and Joel would understand. People would understand. I was locked in another room. I couldn't do anything.
But when I heard that they chose to kill Joel, I smashed down that door and ran to Joel's room and jumped in front of him just as the guy pulled the trigger. Joel would know how much I loved him because I wanted him to live and not me. I loved his life way more than mine. I loved him that much. Joel would have a pretty good idea of how much I loved him then...

In the same way, God dying on the Cross reveals to us how much He Loves us! He did everything He could to prevent us from dying, and making a way for us to succeed!

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

HOW AMAZING IS THIS??? Did you know that John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16 both reveal how we are to know God Loves us?

John 3:16 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


2. Forgave All The Sins of the World – ALL OF YOURS

Colossians 2:13 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins...

If ALL your wrongdoing has been forgiven, paid for you... do you owe any debt? NO! Do you owe any pennance? NO! What do you owe? NOTHING!

ALL your sins have been forgiven at the Cross! Before we were even born they were forgiven! You don't need to do another altar call. You don't need to say another prayer. You just need to receive it!

If you continue in sin and you battle with this, then simply you have not fully received the reality of this Truth in your heart. When you do, it will change your Life forever!


3. Destroyed the Law

The Law made very serious requirements on us as mankind. God didn't even want to institute the Law in the first place (another blog post). The Law destroyed and was only ever useful for leading us to the beauty of our Saviour.

The Law stood in our way of approaching the Throne of Grace. As long as there was the Law, there would always be a guilty conscience. God had to destroy it.

And the very one who created it, destroyed it! In His Own Body!

Colossians 2:14 (NKJV) 
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.


4. Disarmed Satan

Have a look at the verse above again...
If satan doesn't have the Law of requirements of how you should act as a child of God, then he has no ammunition to accuse you!

Zechariah 3:1 
Then He showed me Joshua the High Priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him...

Revelation 12:10 
...the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down!

If you look at Zechariah 3, you will see that satan's name actually means "accuser"!  He got that name because all he does is accuse.
 And now, everything that gave satan ammunition to accuse has been removed forever! He is scrounging around for evidence and can't find any!


5. Destroyed Our Disconnection With God Forever

This one is HUGE! We think we still have to do a certain amount of things in order to hear God's voice. We believe we have to do certain things in order to be able to “hear God”.
No, we are connected 24/7! NO MATTER WHAT!

Check out this verse in Jeremiah.  The context of this is the annunciation of the New Covenant.  This is one of the promises of the New Covenant...

Jeremiah 31:34 
No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord,” because they will al know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” declared the Lord!

Under this New and Everlasting Covenant ratified by Christ's sacrifice, we all can know the Lord personally and intimately.  No matter what.

Hebrews 4:16 
Let us then approach the throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find Grace to help us in our time of need.

See that word "confidence"?  It means that no matter how you look or what you've done, you can come in with confidence!  Just like a dirty little prince who's been playing in the mud is allowed to run into the courts of the King because the King is his dad.

Everything that could have possibly disconnected us from God was forever removed on The Cross of Christ!


6. Paid For All Sickness and Disease 

Matthew 8:16-17 16 
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

Jesus healed all the sick because he took upon Himself the payment for all sickness and disease!

1 Peter 2:24-25 (NKJV) 
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

Notice, this is past tense promise.  You were healed at the Cross.  Christ's stripes on His back paid for you to be healed.  Utilise that payment right now and declare with authority your healing!


7. Established the New, Final and Everlasting Covenant

The Ten Commandments aren't going to be reintroduced.  God had a better plan from the beginning.  To impart His Ways into the hearts of His children.  This is a way, way better Covenant.  And when Jesus died, the Covenant was "ratified", or established.

Hebrews 10:9 
Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

This is why we take communion.  Communion is a celebrate meal.  It is a meal to celebrate the induction of the New Covenant that we will liver under forever!

Matthew 26:27-28 
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new[a] covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.


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And there you have it.  Just 7 among many significant things that Jesus Christ's death on the Cross accomplished for you.

What else can you think of that Jesus accomplished?

Which one of these are most real to you?



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End Note:
* "Pathetic little creature" - Used as an expression in our comparison to the Almighty God.  Our perspective.  Most certainly not God's perspective!  He views us in a much, much higher light.  This expression is used simply for effect.


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