TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
27th April 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 53:4-5(NKJV)
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
In the old testament, if you wanted to atone for sin, you needed two goats or whatever animal was presented. The first was the sacrificial goat and the second was the scapegoat.
The priest would put both hands on the scapegoat and symbolically transfer the guilt of the man who brought the sacrifice to the goat and then take the innocence of the scapegoat to the one who brought the sacrifice. Do you see the exchange here?
After sometime, the scapegoat is released to go into the wilderness. The scapegoat is banished(Leviticus 4:12, Leviticus 16).
In Christ, God was intentional in fulfilling every demand of the law. Did you know that Jesus was crucified outside of the camp, outside of the city walls too?(Hebrews 13:11-12)
Symbolizing that He became the scapegoat for all mmkind.
Jesus took upon Himself the guilt and iniquity of mankind because only scapegoats can do that.
From our text, we see that Isaiah foresaw it in the future.
Isaiah saw ahead that in the future, there would be a scapegoat in the form of a human being.
A better scapegoat.
The reason that Jesus is the better, ultimate sacrifice is because He is both substitutional work and a sin sacrifice for us.
He became both our sacrificial lamb and our scapegoat. Two for the price of one.
You no longer need two goats for atonement. In fact, Jesus’s sacrifice took it a step higher and got you remission.
Paul also saw this in hindsight view.
In 2 Corinthians 5:21, he said;
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
If you remember, some days ago we said that the blood of Jesus freed us from the power of sin and the after effect of sin.
That is to say,(i) what caused the sin (ii) the sin itself and (iii) what the sin leaves behind.
The blood of Jesus cleared all three!
It destroyed the factory(Romans 6;2,6).
What caused the sin is nature and its normal to do what is natural to you.
For example, it is natural for you to urinate, isn’t it? You don’t need to pray or make declarations before you can urinate.
So it was natural to sin but when the blood of Jesus came, it dealt with the nature of sin so sin is not natural to you. Not anymore! Hallelujah!
See friends, when you bless Jesus, bless Him for these things- That you are not righteous in yourself, that you could not save yourself or be in heaven by yourself and that you could not be empowered over sin by yourself.
But Jesus did it!
He became the scapegoat, taking on your sin and giving you His righteousness.
What a wonderful exchange!
Child of God, you’ve got a reason to praise Him and be thankful.
Think about the fact that because of the better sacrifice of Jesus, sin is no longer natural to you.
-I am a new man in Christ.
-Christ became both the scapegoat and the sacrifical lamb for my sin.
-The blood of Jesus has reduced to rubble, the ability to produce sin within me, the sin itself and its after effect.
-I am dead to sin. My response to sin’s impulse is dysfunctional forever! Sin is no longer natural to me.
-My victory over sin is absolute.
-Jesus took my place, redeemed me eternally and made me the righteousness of God.
-I walk in the experience of all the good things that the blood of Jesus has mediated for me.
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