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Revisiting the Cross: Jesus' Divine Exchange
A Divine Exchange Took Place on the Cross
The Message of the Gospel
The message of the Gospel revolves around the Divine Exchange when, on the Cross, Jesus took our punishment that we can be free! Isaiah prophesied about the events thousands of years before in the passage below.
"He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people" (Isaiah 53: 3-8, New Living Living Translation - NLT).
Here is the true meaning of the purpose of the cross. On it a divinely ordained exchange took place. First, Jesus endured in our place all the evil consequences that were due by divine justice to our iniquity. Now, in exchange, God offers us all the good that was due to the sinless obedience of Jesus.— Derek Prince
The Divine Exchange
International Bible teacher, Derek Prince, explains that evil came upon Jesus so that we might receive the corresponding good. Several years ago when I read his book, the concept of Christ's Divine Exchange made an indelible impact on my heart and life. I was never the same again, as I began to recognize that as a believer, I am a new creation, and position of righteousness is not based on any good I have done, but solely on the completed work of Jesus.
Prince outlines eight provisions flowing from Jesus' Divine Exchange as follows:
- Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven.
- Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.
- Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might become righteous with his righteousness;
- Jesus died our death that we might share his life.
- Jesus became poor with our poverty that we might be rich with his riches.
- Jesus bore our shame that we might share his glory.
- Jesus endured our rejection that we might have acceptance as children of God.
- Jesus became a curse that we might receive a blessing. (Derek Prince, 1990, p. 185).
Jesus' work of grace completely erased our guilt, shame, and condemnation, so when we put our trust in him, we are free indeed!
Divine Exchange - Derek Prince
Derek Prince explains in detail the meaning of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Several years ago my life was profoundly impacted by Prince's teaching on divine exchange. This gifted Bible teacher uses Isaiah 53 and other Scriptures to help us understand how God traded all the good of the sinless Jesus for our sins and sorrows to meet every need we could ever have.
Divine Exchange - Don Moen
12 Bible Quotes About the Cross of Jesus
Take time to meditate on Scriptures that talk about the cross of Jesus. Here 12 verses from the Bible that focus on what happened on the cross and its far-reaching results on mankind:
- Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek (John 19:19 - 20, NIV).
- Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home (John 19: 25 - 27, NIV).
- We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne (Hebrews 12:2, NLT).
- He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross (Colossians 2:14, NLT)
- And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8, NIV).
- As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world's interest in me has also died (Galatians 6:14, NLT)
- He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed (1 Peter 2:24, NLT).
- Through the Son, God also reconciled all things to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, thereby making peace through the blood of his cross (Colossians 1:20, ISV).
- He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death (Ephesians 2: 15b - 16, NIV).
- But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him (Acts 2:23, NLT).
- The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross (Acts 5:30, NLT).
- The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18, NLT).
Mercy Said, "No!" - CeCe Winans
How Will You Respond?
According to Colossians 2:14, "He [Jesus] canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross." What is your response to what Jesus did for you on the cross?
As we listen to Cece Winan's "Mercy said No," we get a sense of what took place on the cross. She declares in the song, "Sin demanded justice for my soul ... but mercy said no ... For God so love the world, he sent his son to save us, on the cross. He built a bridge to set us free".
Also, "Divine Exchange," sung by Don Moen in the first video above, helps us to understand to some extent the depth of Jesus' love. He sings, "every curse now broken, we receive the divine exchange." On the cross Jesus took our curse and bring us his blessings. Our only response is to accept what he freely offers by faith.
- If you are not a believer in Jesus, what is your response to Jesus' Divine Exchange?
- If you are a believer, how does your understanding of Jesus' Divine Exchange enables you to live confidently but with humility?
Prayer of Thanksgiving: "Alleluia! Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the Divine Exchange of your Son, Jesus Christ! Thank you for the for setting me free from the shackles of Satan, sin, and condemnation. Through Jesus' divine exchange I am a new creation. Amen."
If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us.— Jerry Bridges
Response to Jesus' Divine Exchange Poll
What is your response to Jesus' work on the cross on our behalf?
Prince, Derek (1990). Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose. Grand Rapids, MI: Flemming H. Revell.