we are further acquainted with another purpose of Jesus Christ in the passage above. The Bible says He became poor so that we might become rich. In other words, He came to swap our poverty and miseries with His own glory and riches.
A missionary on furlough told this story while visiting his home church in Michigan. “While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I travelled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies.
House for Sale
Many rooms with a master suite
Open floor plan for peace
Large eat-in grace
Fenced in mercy with room for expansion
Son room with a marvellous view of salvation
Pool of milk and honey in the back
Pearly gates in front
One of the major agenda of Jesus was to offer His life in replacement for the lives of humankind. After the fall in the Garden of Eden, death became the end of all humans by default, as it would be unbearable to live forever as originally planned by God in such fallen state. With sin also came disengagement from God, labour, misery, pain, hurts and all manners of woes. So, death was introduced to cut short the miseries associated with living in the flesh.
…through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood… because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed.
Before His coming, the people of God were under the regime of the various precepts that God had communicated to Moses at different times on the way to the Promised Land – the dos and don’ts of day-to-day living. It is in strict adherence to these rules that righteousness is determined (Leviticus 18:5).
Being God, Jesus naturally had the prerogative of judgement. And, much more, having left His glory in heaven to come offer His life as a ransom on earth, He became even more qualified to determine our fate. But He is not about judgement alone, He also became many positive things to us, He is the Author of our salvation, our Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher of our faith, our good Shepherd, our Healer, our Restorer and much more.
Do you feel oppressed, suppressed or restrained in any aspect of life? Jesus is the answer you need for your liberation. He is the ultimate deliverer. He is the boss of the devil. Having sacrificed His life on the cross to bear the sin of the world and descending to the pit to wrestle out of the devil’s hand the power handed over to him by humanity in the Garden; He has transferred the authority to His disciples; thus changing the balance of power to the believers’ side. You only need to look to Him to be healed and restored.
The Four Candles burned slowly. Their Ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak…
The first candle said, “I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit.”
Then Peace’s flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely.