FREEDOM THROUGH THE CROSS

Have you ever noticed how the devil always takes things too far? He always seems to overstep his bounds. I thought today of how God has always used his presumption to outsmart him. Just when the enemy thinks he’s got away with it wham God wins again!

One of these times is when Moses led the Children of Israel through the Red Sea. Pharaoh had let them go but soon he changed his mind. In Exodus 14:5 we read “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” Pharaoh gathered a force to go after Israel and caught up to them at the Red Sea. Israel seemed to be stuck in a bad place, but God always makes a way. Of course we know how the story goes. Moses stretched out his hand, and God parted the Red Sea. The Children of Israel went through on dry ground and Pharaoh and his army chased after.

After Moses and Israel safely came to the other side Moses turned and stretched out his hand again, and “the waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained.” Wow! What a great story of how the enemy thought a little bit too highly of himself and it ended up being his demise.

This story, like so many others from the Old Testament, reveals something to us about Jesus Christ. If we fast forward to the cross we’ll see something very similar that took place. Like Moses and Israel went into the Red Sea together and came out the other side leaving the enemy Pharaoh in death; we too were joined to Christ on the cross to die, be buried and resurrected only to leave the enemy in the grave.

It seems when Adam fell Satan entered humanity. Of course like always he overstepped his boundaries and thought he had won. God, on the other hand,  always one step ahead came here as a man and joined himself to sinful man to take him to the cross with him. Check out Hebrews 2:14-15 “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”

On the cross Jesus became what we were so we could become what he is. God “made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” This took place when we were joined to him on the cross. We no longer have to be in fear or controlled by our old master. Just like Moses told the Children of Israel he said, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.” Through our union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection we too never have to worry because God has accomplished this salvation for us too. What he does can’t be undone. No matter how far the enemy oversteps God remains one step ahead of him. God has given us true freedom through the cross.

Written by Louie

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