The Great Exchange
By Danny Saavedra
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”—2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)
Back in 2015, leading up to the highly-anticipated release of Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios put out an ad campaign that invited us to “Be the Batman.” Sign me up!
This clever and excitement-inducing campaign works because . . . well, who wouldn’t want to be the Batman? I want to be the Batman! Let’s do this! Hand me the cape, cowl, and utility belt right now. Give me the keys to the Batmobile. But do you know what NO ONE wants to be? Sin. But that’s exactly what Jesus did on our behalf.
The apostle Paul tells us that Jesus, who is perfect, unstained by the deathly effects of sin, took upon Himself all the sin of mankind—past, present, and future. He put it all on like Batman puts on the cape and cowl. He wore it all for us on the cross. In the eyes of God, Jesus was sin in that moment. And He bore its full weight and full punishment. He endured a brutal, inhumane, torturous death . . . our death; the death we all deserve. And He did this so we could BE the righteousness of God in Him!
And here’s something truly powerful to ponder: Charles Ellicott once wrote, “The “righteousness of God,” as in Romans 3:21–22, expresses not simply the righteousness which He gives, nor that which He requires, though neither of these meanings is excluded, but rather that which belongs to Him as His essential attribute.”
He put on the robe of sin that belonged to us so we could put on robes of righteousness, the robes that belong to Him. He endured our death so we could have eternal life in heaven. He experienced separation from the Father so we could be reconciled to the Father. Jesus Christ became a curse for us so we could become coheirs, children adopted by the Father into His family forever.
This is how much God loves us . . . these are the lengths God went to in order that we may be restored and experience eternity as we were always meant to. I don’t know about you, but knowing this just makes the idea of going to heaven that much sweeter. Why? Because I know just how much God wants me to be there! It’s a feeling of belonging that can’t be found anywhere else.
DIG: Have you ever wanted to BE something? What was it? What did it require doing? Did you become that thing?
DISCOVER: Christ was sin for us. He wore it and bore it all for you and me. What does this mean to you? How has this knowledge impacted your life?
DO: Are you burdened for someone who hasn’t accepted Jesus’ invitation to be the righteousness of God? Pray for them today. Consider ways you could show them the overwhelming and all-consuming love of Jesus and help lead them to a relationship with Him.
God Is Faithful.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:23 KJV
Hold fast to your faith without wavering — do not waver. Choose to trust God. Choose to believe that He is faithful to fulfill what He has Promised. Focus on His Word. Shift your focus onto the One who can solve your problem. Shift your focus and bow to the One who can conquer your fears. Focus on Christ and not the storms and waves of life.
Choose not to waver. Stay planted. Stay focused. Be diligent in what God has called you to do. Worship Him. Choose not to worship the problem. Don’t magnify your circumstance above God. For He controls all things. He created all things. He will not slack, or delay — His timing is perfect.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV declares, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” There is a time for everything. There is a time to prepare and there’s a time to execute. Let God lead your hands. Let God lead and transform every aspect of your life. God’s timing is perfect.
He is faithful to do what He has Promised. Don’t give up. Trust God. He is the Lord of the Harvest. He controls the Harvest. He controls your Harvest. Put your trust in Him. Surrender to the Lord who Sees all and knows all. Choose to trust Him.
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My dear Blogger friends,
I have no money butI needed, lol true, an iPad. Now when on the road I can post something I cannot on phone. Let me be honest…
I had one 7 years ago, long time, gave it away 2 years ago and missed it. Now I have a iPad 7 not the expensive one. Is only a bit less then $500 plus cover.
I still remember a lot about how to use it but I m truly upset because u must buy all app or and have advertisement. Is bad, really bad for me because I buy all I can then I cry out to the lord because I m behind on Mortgage one month. Shameful!! I m praying and I truly think we will be on track in 3 months. No more crazy expenses especially since I would like next end of summer, God Willing, to go back and see my “very”aging farher 81 years old and in the middle of the sea going from the west coast of Italy to the Island of Sardinia. He is happily sailing with his almost 73 years old “girlfriend” as he calls her. La mia ragazza” in Italian. I thank God that dad is full of life but the body is much more delicate that it used to be. I stop worrying when I remember that God is in Control and I trust the Lord with all of myself. I might complain, cry etc. But in the end when the bad moment, the Bipolar side subsides, there is always God holding my hand to pick me up and drying my tears. I still cry more then I should but that is an ongoing battle against the enemy.
God has me in His arms and at times I want to just be like a baby, the baby whose arms He had around and whose tears where by Him dried.🙂 I pray with my husband every night and often by myself during the day for dad’s Salvation.🙏 I pray for everyone I can remember for Salvation first even if I dont say it I told Jesus many times that Salvation is numero uno in my prayer list.
If there was just a prayer I would ask only for Salvation. 🙏🌺God hears…
Well, got to go. Talk
God bless you
Child Of God.
The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin. —Proverbs 10:8
As we begin a new year and a new decade, let the pursuit of wisdom be one of your top goals. Enjoy this collection of devotions on wisdom throughout the month from Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s timeless teachings.
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When the Israelites left Egypt we learn that “The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing. The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered the Egyptians” (Exodus 12:35-36). While the Israelites didn’t do anything wrong by acquiring gold and silver on the eve of their departure from slavery, the Jewish sages suggest that perhaps they went a bit overboard in the amount they took and the time they invested in doing so. In contrast, tradition teaches that while the rest of the nation was busy acquiring possessions, Moses was using the time to perform a good deed.
Centuries earlier, Joseph had asked the Israelites to promise to take his remains out of Egypt with them when they were redeemed. So just before the time came, Moses was busy looking for and finding the bones of Joseph. He performed this great act of kindness for Joseph and collected his remains as he requested so that he might be reinterred in the land of Israel.
The Jewish sages quote the following verse from Proverbs in reference to this occurrence: “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” Translated literally from the original Hebrew, we read: “The wise in heart take good deeds…” While the Israelites were focused on taking possessions, Moses, who was especially wise, took good deeds instead. Gold and silver may serve a person in this world, but our good deeds serve us for eternity and so Moses chose to acquire those things instead.
There is a story told about a renowned rabbi in the seventeenth century who was ordered by the German-Roman Kaiser to present an accounting of all his property and possessions. When the rabbi submitted his financial statement, the kaiser accused him of lying and treason. The kaiser had personally gifted the rabbi with a castle that alone was more valuable than the statement handed in by the rabbi. The rabbi explained that he had been asked to list everything that he owned, but the castle had been a gift that could be taken away as easily as it was given. “Then what is recorded on this list?” demanded the kaiser. The rabbi answered, “It’s a list of the charity I have given. Only what I have given away is truly mine. Even the kaiser cannot take that away.”
Let’s keep this message in mind as we decide how to use our resources – especially our time and money. Let’s be sure to invest at least as much in eternal acquisitions as we do in temporary, material ones.
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From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Five, Day Four
Jesus, the greatest of all physicians, performed more healings than any other kind of miracle. Nothing stumped him — not blindness, craziness, lameness, deafness, or even death. Every ailment yielded to his undeniable power, and every healing served as evidence that his kingdom was breaking into our fallen world.
When you pray for healing for yourself or others, remember that God never sends sickness, though he sometimes allows us to become sick. Indeed, Scripture sees sickness and death as byproducts of sin. And it was to solve the sin problem that Jesus came into the world. When you pray for healing, remember that Jesus is always your ally, always wanting what is best for you and for those you care about.
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Matthew 11:5
Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ” Luke 4:23
Praying the Name
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:43 – 46
Reflect On: Luke 8:43 – 48.
Praise God: For placing his Son, Jesus, in the midst of our struggles and hurts.
Offer Thanks: For all the ways you have seen God’s power at work in your life.
Confess: Any tendency to mistrust God because of past disappointments.
Ask God: To help you put your faith where it belongs — in him.
Catherine Marshall, best-selling author and widow of Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, was diagnosed in 1943 with tuberculosis. Doctors from Johns Hopkins told the young mother she would need three to four months of complete bed rest. As the mother of a three-year-old, she couldn’t imagine spending so much time in bed. She had no idea that it would be two years before she would be back on her feet again. Catherine spent hours reading Scripture and asking God the hard questions of faith. Not surprisingly, one of her favorites had to do with whether he still healed people.
She had been told as a child that miracles had ceased with the early church. Yet healings had been so plentiful in the Gospels. They seemed like Jesus’ favorite kind of miracle, an expression of his love and compassion for the crowds that always surrounded him. If this were so, how could Jesus refrain from healing people for two thousand years? She didn’t believe he could or would. So both she and her husband prayed persistently for a miracle. But none came.
Finally, after a time of profound inner struggle, she prayed, telling God he could do whatever he wanted with her. She would accept his will even if it meant remaining an invalid for the rest of her life. God didn’t have to explain himself to her, because she trusted him to love and provide for her no matter what happened. Her prayer marked a turning point. The same night, she had an experience that changed her life:
In the middle of that night I was awakened. The room was in total darkness. Instantly sensing something alive, electric in the room, I sat bolt upright in bed. Past all credible belief, suddenly, unaccountably, Christ was there, in Person, standing by the right side of my bed. I could see nothing but a deep, velvety blackness around me, but the bedroom was filled with an intensity of power, as if the Dynamo of the universe were there. Every nerve in my body tingled with it, as with a shock of electricity. I knew that Jesus was smiling at me tenderly, lovingly, whimsically — as though a trifle amused at my too-intense seriousness about myself. His attitude seemed to say, “Relax! There’s not a thing wrong here that I can’t take care of.”1
Soon medical tests confirmed a remarkable improvement in her condition. And within six months, the doctors proclaimed Catherine Marshall completely well.
Her story reminds me of the woman in Scripture who had suffered for twelve years from vaginal bleeding. She spent all her money on physicians who couldn’t do a thing for her. But she was healed the instant she touched Christ. I wonder if Catherine Marshall’s prayer of faith, relinquishing her need for a miracle and affirming her complete trust in God, was what touched Christ, so much so that it attracted his healing power.
If you have been suffering physically or emotionally, ask for the grace today to put your faith in God rather than in a particular outcome. Tell the Lord you no longer expect him to explain himself to you and that you trust him to love you and provide for you no matter what.