The price of our redemption was high.
We never could have redeemed
ourselves with corruptible things such
as silver and gold. Only through the
shed blood and broken body of Jesus
Christ could eternal life be obtained for
Yes, The price was high, but Jesus paid it all!
Jesus was born into this world with a mission:
He was born to die. Jesus’ death on the Cross
was not only divinely appointed, it was
necessary, for a great price had to be paid to
redeem us from sin.
In the natural, thinking about death makes
us uncomfortable. Why? Because we weren’t
created to die; we were created to live
eternally. But when Adam disobeyed God,
death entered the world (Rom 5:12). So God
sent Jesus to die on the Cross to restore us to
While Jesus was on the earth, He kept the
Law and boldly proclaimed the Gospel, yet
He still had to suffer and die. Jesus’ death
could be seen as the greatest injustice ever
known to mankind. He didn’t deserve to die;
He died because, as Isaiah said, “the Lord
laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:6).
Jesus endured the agony of the Cross so you
and I could be washed clean and set free
Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us what Jesus
suffered on the Cross for us: ” For He HATH
MADE HIM TO BE SIN FOR US, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him. ” I don’t
know that we could ever fathom the depth of
those words, but I thank God for them!
Jesus never sinned, yet He became a sin
offering for us and died a sinner’s death.
When Jesus lived on the earth. crosses were
used for capital punishment of the most
wicked criminals. But because of Calvary, we
as believers can look at the Cross in the light
of God’s Word through the eye of faith. And
instead of seeing a hideous instrument of
penalty and punishment for crime, we behold
a beautiful, visible symbol of God’s great love
The Cross does represent God’s wrath and
punishment for sin, but it also proclaims His
love for the world. Someone might say,
“That’s a paradox! The Cross can’t stand for
both punishment and love at the same time!”
But it does and it always will! Out of love for
us, Jesus bore the punishment for our sin.
Jesus paid the price that we could not pay.
There is nothing we could have ever done to
gain citizenship in Heaven. But because
Jesus Christ became our substitute on the
Cross at Calvary, we who believe in Him have
been brought into the Kingdom of Heaven
and loosed from the chains of sin, sickness,
poverty, and spiritual death!
What happened on the Cross is a reality. It’s
not a myth or a fairy tale, as some people
would like us to believe. The Cross stand in
the midst of human history as a warning to
those who refuse to believe the Word of God.
It also stands as a blessing to those who
recognize it as the supreme revelation of
When God looked down from “Heaven’s
Courtroom” at our sinful state, we didn’t
receive justice; we received grace and
mercy. If we had received justice, we would
have paid the price instead of Jesus’ paying
In earthly courtrooms, many people stand
before a judge and throw themselves on the
mercy of the court. The judge can either be
lenient and show them mercy, or he can be
severe and sentence them to the fullest
extent of the law. The out come depends on
the judge presiding over the case.
I thanks God that I can stand unafraid before
the Judge of all mankind, because He has
already extended mercy to me! Because I
have accepted that mercy, I now legally
stand before Him pure and clean by the
blood of Jesus.
Some people want to wait until Judgement
Day to ask for God’s mercy. But right now is
the time for them to accept the offer of
mercy that God has extended. Then they can
know where they will spend eternity before
they ever stand before His throne.
God showed you mercy when He offered you
eternal life through Christ’s death on the
Cross. I’m not saying that your body received
eternal life; it’s the real you — your spirit —
who received eternal life.
The moment you accept the shed blood and
broken body of Jesus Christ as atonement for
your sins, you become a new creature in
Christ; you pass from death unto life (1 John
You’ll still look the same way you did before
you accepted Christ because your salvation
has nothing to do with your physical body.
However, it has everything to do with the
real man who lives on the inside. The Apostle
Paul said it this way: “I have been crucified
with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ
lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live
by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and
GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME” (Gal. 2:20 NIV).
We can live eternally because Jesus bore our
sins when He laid down His life for us (John
10:11,15). To better understand the
significance of the transferral that took place
on the Cross, we should go back and study
what the prophet Isaiah had to say about it.
First, let’s look at how Isaiah described the
glory of Jesus’ birth.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is
give, and the government will be on his
shoulders. And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Now contrast Isaiah’s account of Jesus’ birth
with his graphic description of Jesus’ death.
Isaiah understood that man faced the vexing
problem os sin, and he understood that God
was going to send the Messiah. But he also
received a revelation that the Messiah would
become the sin offering for mankind. In
Isaiah 53, he spoke of Jesus’ agony and
crucifixion as if the coming events had
3 He has despised and rejected by men.
a man of sorrows, and familiar with
suffering. Like one from whom men hide
their faces he was despised, and we
esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and
carried our sorrows, yet we considered
him stricken by God, smitten by him,
5 But he was pierced for our
transgressions, he was crushed for our
iniquities; the punishment that brought
us peace was upon him, and by his
wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and THE LORD HAS LAID ON HIM THE
INIQUITY OF US ALL.
Isaiah’s prophecy tells us that our sins were
laid upon or transferred to Jesus. That
glorious transferral was reflected in the
symbolic exchange that took place every
year on the Day of Atonement. In the Book of
Leviticus, God gave Aaron, God’s anointed
priest, specific instructions regarding the
ceremonial atonement for the sins of the
Israelites on that day.
Aaron would select two goats and present
them before the Lord at the entrance to the
Tent of Meeting. Then he cast lots for the two
goats — one for the Lord and the other for the
scapegoat. The goat whose lot fell to the Lord
was sacrificed as the sin offering. The other
goat, the scapegoat, was kept alive to make
atonement for the people by symbolically
taking away their sins. (Lev. 16:7-10).
The goats that were selected had to be free
of any kind of blemish or defect. The priests
could never offer to the Lord a sacrifice that
was imperfect. The goat for the sin offering
was slain, and its blood was sprinkled on the
mercy seat and the altar. The body of the
goat was then burned outside the camp.
Next, the priest laid his hands on the
scapegoat and confessed over it the sins of
the Israelites, laying the people’s guilt on the
scapegoat. Then the scapegoat was led away
and turned loose in the desert, removing the
sins of the Israel from their camp.
The Israelites had to go through that ritual
every year to atone for their sins. But, thank
God, at the proper time there came a
spotless Lamb! This Lamb was perfect
because He did not come from the loins of a
man. Through the Holy Spirit, Many
conceived, and the perfect sacrificial Lamb
came into the earth (see Luke 1:26-35)
Over the years, the blood of many bulls,
lambs, and goats was shed to cover sin. But
finally, once and for all, the blood of the
Lamb of God was shed for the remission of
sin (Matt. 26:28)! Jesus Christ became our
sin offering and our scapegoat! Today we can
enjoy God’s Presence and His peace because
Jesus took our iniquity away from us (John
1:29). Jesus chose to become the supreme
sacrifice by dying on the Cross so that we
could have life and have it more abundantly!
I realize it’s difficult to fully comprehend all
there is to know about the price Jesus paid
for us. But thank God that Jesus was willing
to pay the price!
What’s even more difficult for us to
understand is the kind of love that compelled
God to sacrifice the life of His Son for us. God
so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that you and I might believe in
Him and receive eternal life (John 3:16).
Thank God for the Cross! Thank God for the
Lamb who was slain! Thank God for His great
plan of redemption!
I dare say we will not have the full
understanding of what happened as a result
of the shed blood and broken body of Jesus
Christ until we arrive in Heaven and see for
ourselves what the Apostle John saw in a
vision on the isle of Patmos.
9 After this I looked and there before
me was a great multitude that no one
could count, from every nation, tribe,
people and language, standing before
the throne and in front of the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes and
were holding palm branches in their
10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits
on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
I belive that we will only begin to fully
comprehend the magnitude of God’s love
and forgiving power when we stand with
people from every nation and tongue before
His throne. With the Lamb of God seated at
His right hand. Only then will we begin to
gain a full appreciation of the great price
The goat whose blood was shed on the Day
of Atonement could never come back to life,
and the scapegoat was turned loose in the
desert, never to be seen again. But the
sacrificial Lamb of God lives forevermore!
As Jesus hung on the Cross, blood flowed
from the stripes on His back. Blood flowed
from His head, pricked by the crown of
thorns, and from His hands and feet, pierced
by the cruel nails. The Jesus looked toward
Heaven and said, “It is finished.” His head
sunk to His chest, and He died (John 19:30).
The curtain in the temple that separated the
Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was torn in
two from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51; Mark
Then Jesus’ friends took His broken body off
the Cross and placed Him in the tomb. But on
the third morning, Jesus Himself came forth
from the tomb alive with the keys of death,
hell, and the grave.
Today we celebrate the fact that Jesus took
our place on the Cross. To some, the Cross is
a hideous object of disgrace. But to the
children of God, it is a precious reminder of
God’s mercy and love, because it was there
that Jesus’ blood flowed, and the price for the
remission of sin was paid.
Through the blood of Jesus, we are set free
from sin and can receive abundant life,
health, and prosperity. No other blood, no
other lamb, and no other offering for sin
could have provided that for us. Now we can
rejoice, knowing that all the blessings God
has promised in His Word are available to us
— because Jesus paid the price we could not
Extracted from “The Word of Faith” April