We live for Jesus because Jesus lived, died, and rose again for us.
Jesus’ call for you to follow him is rooted in what he has done for you. Jesus isn’t interested into making you a religious person who just attends weekly church services, potluck lunches, or providing a laundry list of moral obligations for you to follow that would make the Pharisees cringe. He has something much greater in mind for you.
Jesus lived, died, and rose again to transform you into the type of person who would live and die for him with the hope of rising one day to be with him forever in heaven.
Jesus’ death in your place was not only meant to pay for the punishment of your sin so that you could be forgiven but also to deliver you from the power of sin so that you could live for him.
The following are eight things Jesus does for us on the cross. Dwell upon these eight things. Let them sink deeply into your heart and mind. And let Jesus change you from the inside out.
1. Jesus Is Our Victor
2. Jesus Is Our Redeemer
The Hebrew people were enslaved in Egypt for many years. God redeemed them from tyranny and oppression under the pharaoh. He did this so that they could freely worship him. In the same way Jesus redeems us from the enslavement to sin and death.
3. Jesus Is Our Justification
Jesus makes the most unbelievable exchange with us. He takes our sin and gives us his righteousness. Jesus initiated this exchange with us so that we can be justified in the sight of God the Father (Gal. 2:16; 2 Cor. 5:21).
4. Jesus Is Our Propitiation
On the cross Jesus stood in our place to divert the just wrath of God away from us by enduring it himself. This is what it means that Jesus is our propitiation (1 John 4:10).
5. Jesus Is Our Expiation
We have sinned and been sinned against. This means that we are dirty and defiled before God. On the cross Jesus is our expiation who cleanses us from these sins (1 John 1:7).
6. Jesus Is Our Ransom
Everyone born is imprisoned to sin. To release us from this prison there is a payment that needs to be made. This payment isn’t made with money but instead with blood. In this way Jesus paid the price for our sins with his very own blood. He has ransomed us from our imprisonment to sin and death (1 Tim. 2:5–6).
7. Jesus Is Our Reconciliation
Our sin has separated us from God. Jesus takes away our sin and reconciles us back into a loving relationship with God (Eph. 4:31–5:2).
8. Jesus Is Our Revelation
Jesus reveals to us what God is like. On the cross, we see God’s wrath and love, justice and mercy, and holiness and compassion revealed in perfection (John 1:18; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3).
We Look to Jesus Daily
Everything Jesus commands us to do is rooted in what he has done for us. For example, we live for God because Jesus died for our spiritual death (Rom. 6:5–11), and we forgive because Jesus forgave us (Eph. 4:32).
What you do for Christ cannot be separated from he has done for you. Don’t just look to Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. You must look to Jesus daily for forgiveness and graceful empowerment to live for him (Titus 2:11–14).
Jesus has died to redeem you from the power of sin. Your sin no longer identifies you as a person. You are not an alcoholic. You are not a drug addict. You are not an adulterer. You are not a failure. You are not a terrible or absent parent. If you have placed your faith in Jesus, then you are identified with Jesus. You are in Christ.
In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
Look away from your struggles with sin to Jesus Christ. It is in him that you will find lasting deliverance from your battle with sin.
Adapted from Vintage Church.