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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

WHAT WAS PURCHASED AT CALVARY?

By Jim Jordal

  "Now my soul is troubled. What shall I say? 'Father, save me from this time?' But for this cause I came to this time….Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."

John 12:27, 31-32 WEB

 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider it robbery to be equal with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11 WEB

Jesus had a problem: Many of the people, including some of his close followers, didn’t understand why he had to die. They thought the long-awaited earthly Kingdom of God was about to be inaugurated amid the pomp and ceremony given to earthly rulers. So why should this beloved king be crucified like a common criminal? Why should he not seize his Kingdom from pretenders and mount his throne immediately? That’s what they were thinking on Palm Sunday.

But God had different goals in mind. He wanted to initiate an eternal Kingdom covering the entire earth and conquering sin in all its forms, from false worship to outrageous arrogance to personal injuries to unjust economic systems to oppressive rulers to destruction of nature. God wanted it all, so he sent his Son to purchase it at Calvary.

Even though his fleshly self didn’t want to die, Jesus knew why this had to be. It was because forgiveness of sin could be purchased only by the shedding of blood, in this case the literal blood of God.

Because Jesus went willingly to his death, God promised him the highest  exaltation, the bowing of every knee to his majesty, and the knowledge that eventually every human tongue would confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Calvary purchased redemption, or atonement for guilt, not only for individuals who choose Christ, but also for nations doing the same. Their sin was paid for and washed clean forever through Christ’s sacrifice. This act of redemption was promised by the prophets and paid for by Christ. What else could be more powerful?

Calvary purchased reclamation from the power of oppressive leaders and organizations such as that of the present predatory capitalistic system that now so afflicts the earth.

Calvary purchased restoration, or a return to the perfect moral state existing before the fall of man under the deliberate sins of Adam and Eve.

Calvary purchased restitution, or the return of something lost or taken in a monetary or moral sense, in this case the restitution of the rightful place of God’s people and nations as full members in the kingdom of God.

Calvary purchased reconciliation in some future age of every created being back to God through Christ. Ephesians 1:10 puts it this way: “that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ.” Philippians 2:10 says: “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” And Colossians 1:20 completes the process of reconciliation with the statement: “and by him [Christ] to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of his cross.”

All this was purchased and guaranteed by Christ’s act of willingly enduring death followed by his miraculous subsequent resurrection on the first Easter.