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2022 04 17

Good morning.

Two of the wounds we carry as a consequence of our sinful nature are shame and rejection. Our emotions have been left with deep scars.

On the cross Jesus suffered both shame and rejection: the shame of being executed on a cross, naked and ridiculed by all; rejected by His Father, all alone.

The Divine exchange that took place is this:

• Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory. Hebrews 12:2 reminds us that "... he endured the cross, scorning its shame"

• Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance as a child of God. "He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ ... which He has freely given us in the One he loves."

(Ephesians 1:5‭-‬6)

• Jesus became a curse that we might receive the blessing. "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit." (Galatians 3:13‭-‬14)

Today, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, remember His last words as He hung on the cross, "It is finished." His resurrection is the stamp of validation that the Divine exchange is complete.


Mike and Daphne

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