Isaiah 53:10: Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (KJV)
Jesus was an offering for sin, and we are meant to be offering of righteous, by the way we live our lives.
Paul wrote that our body should be living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1). That means holiness colours our work of service.
Talking about how well the church in Macedonia were involved in giving, Paul said: “they first gave themselves to God and then to us (2Corinthians 8:5).”
And when Jesus was saying that some will come to him at the end saying they have done great things in his service, he will say that he does not know them, calling them workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:16-22).
It is therefore not about what is done, but who is it doing it. Our lives impact on our service. Just as a sacrifice gives off an odour that God perceives according to the record of the bible, the smell of righteousness (or something else) affects God’s perception of our service. We may be celebrated by man and even get some results, but what man celebrates, may be up for punishment by God.
It is not just about what you do, it is about what kind of heart with which you do it, and note that God looks at the heart (1Samuel ), which is the place where holiness or unrighteousness flows from, according to the words of Jesus (Luke ). So he said: make the tree good and the fruit will be good, the fruit being the action and the tree the heart (Matthew 12:33).
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent, the devil, said all the right things to Eve, presenting himself as a good friends, who was only looking out for her. But it was coming from a “heart” full of poisonous venom. Jesus refused to commit himself to man because he knows what was in man (John 2:24-25).
So if God wants to really change man, giving him a new set of rules and regulation will not do, it is changing his nature, the answer is a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17). And in Jesus old things have passed away and all things become new and that starts with who we are on the inside. Paul said that none by following the law will gain the favour of God because God still looks at the heart and not at appearance.
A sacrifice is dead and Paul wrote that we have died with Christ nevertheless we live (Galatians 2:20). We have died to sin and the passion of the flesh and alive to righteousness. By faith, we identify with Christ in his death and in his resurrection life.
We should not forget that we are dead and are now alive in Jesus, dead to the works of the flesh and that sin shall no longer have dominion over us since we are not under the law but under grace. Grace empowers us, it is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 13:14), which is pour out to us in his death when he blood flowed out, and activated in us by his Spirit which he poured to us after his resurrection and ascension.
Jesus died because of our sin, and we should live because of his righteousness, constantly living in identification with his pain on the cross for our sin, through which he opened the gate of life to us. Paul said that in view of the mercy of God, in the payment for we should live as a sacrifice of righteousness, living in the consciousness that our life is longer our own. We should live for God, “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.”
Jesus became our sacrifice for sin so that we do not have to pay for our sins. Because of the intensity of the Holiness of God, there is no way we could save ourselves in our corrupt state.
Jesus says it makes no sense for a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul (Matthew 16:26). And Korah said that no one can give a ransom for the soul (Psalm 49:6-9).
So there was Jesus describing the high cost of the soul, saying that the whole world is not even as valuable as a single soul, and we have right now over seven billion souls on the earth.
It takes the blood of Jesus, to pay for the souls of men, and he can pay for it because he is not limited, being the creator.
The versions of Jesus that some people espouse as being a creature or angel Michael, would not be able to ransom men, so if you are a Jehovah’s witness, the Jesus Christ that you follow is not the saviour. If you are a problem with the concept of trinity (equality in the Godhead) then your salvation is suspect. The Jesus you believe in is not the true Jesus, if he is not eternal and endless.
It is then that it makes sense that the sacrifice of Jesus would be able to meet the salvation needs of all men all time.
We need to also put into cognizance the form of which man was made. Man was made in the image of God, he was made of a higher order than any of the other creatures (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-17). When we wake up to that reality we will realise that Jesus must be God or the salvation arrangement will fall flat on its face, it will fail before it even starts.
That is why Jesus is able to offer eternal salvation to those who believe in him. Man was made with the very life of God, with the breath of God. For someone to lose his life for us, and for that life to come into us (the whole mass of us), it needs to be eternal life. Eternal life means it cannot be measured, cut into measures. It does not have limits.
The very power of the transformation we need means Jesus must be of a higher order than man to save man. The bible says that the lesser is blessed by the greater (Hebrews 7:7).
Jesus is the Lord, and he is right now at the right hand of the father, who has told him, seat at my right hand till I make your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110:1). Jesus, therefore, must be of a higher order that the devil, and from bible records the devil was of the highest order of angels. And even when angel Michal confronted the devil, he had to respect his rank even though in a fallen state and said that “the Lord rebuke you (Jude 1:9).”
However, Jesus spoke directly to the devil and said: get behind Satan (Luke 4:8). Michael did not use that choice of words. Jesus could, and because we are of a higher order than the devil, the bible says we can resist the devil and he will flee from us.
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