The Divine Exchange at the Cross
At the cross of Christ He became who we were so that we could become who He is, He took upon Himself our sinful nature so that we could partake of His divine nature and everything this includes; this is a Divine exchange. Although what happened at the cross is more than we can comprehend, He has given us His Spirit and His word to give us insight and reveal some of what happened. Because we are finite beings and He is infinite, we won’t know all that He did for us; it will be a continual growing process for all eternity. The following are some of the miracles that took place when He brought us to Himself through His cross and His blood:
He took upon Himself our death so that we could have His life:
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8).
…even when we were dead in trespasses, He made us alive together with Christ (Eph. 2:5).
He became our sin so that we could become His righteousness:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2Corinthians 5:21).
He was clothed in our unrighteousness so that we could be clothed in His righteousness:
And all your righteousness are as filthy rages. (Isa. 64:6)
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness..(Isa. 61:10).
He took our curse so that we could partake of His blessing:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus… (Gal. 3:13)
He was forsaken so that we could be brought near to Him:
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”(Matt. 27:47).
Why are You so far from helping Me (Ps. 22:2).
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).
He took our hostility so that we could reconciled to Him:
…that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity (=hostility) (Eph. 2:16).
He took our poverty so that we could have His riches:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. (2Corinthians 9:9).
He took our sickness so that we could have His health:
Surely He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains…..and by His stripes we are healed. (Isa. 54:4-6).
He took our thorns so that we could have His lovingkindness:
When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head… (Matt. 27:29).
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you (Gen. 3:18a).
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. (Psalm 103:4).
He took our shame so that we could have His joy:
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden (Gen. 3:8).
Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:2)
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation…..(Psalm 51:12)
He took our nakedness so that we could be clothed with His glory:
The eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked….. (Gen. 3:7).
…and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked… (Rev. 3:17)
Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light (Rom. 15:13).
We are changed from glory to glory even by the Spirit of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18).