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November 28, 2020
THE GREAT EXCHANGE
In our last installment of The Great Exchange, we explored how the twin principalities of Death and Hell were conquered through the perfect life of the LORD. Although most believers recognize the sacrifice of Christ on the cross as the crucial event related to our salvation, many of us fail to fully appreciate the importance of the perfect life He led.
For instance, we don’t usually think about how those impacted by the life of Jesus perceived Him to be the Saviour – long before they ever knew He was going to die on the cross, and be resurrected.
The fact that the words and deeds of Jesus had convinced the disciples that He was the Christ even before His crucifixion relates to the subject of how JESUS conquered Death, by first conquering sin. In prior chapters of The Great Exchange, we’ve shown that sin is a similitude of Hell – one of the twin principalities of Death and Hell that Christ came to overcome.
The Scriptures tell us that “Death” entered into the world because of sin:
“By one man sin entered into the world, and death [entered] by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Since Death entered the world through sin, and “death passed upon all men” because “all have sinned,” the sinless Christ was not involuntarily subject to Death. Thus, Christ laid down His life because He chose to, not because he was under the curse of “sin unto death“ (Romans 6:16). Because Christ lived a sinless life before He went to the cross, we tend to forget the disciples came to recognize that He was the divinely dispatched Saviour long before the last supper.
In fact, we have every indication that since He was without sin, and Death is the by-product of sin, if He had chosen to stay in His earthly form, He would have never died. However, such a circumstance would not have redeemed the fallen creation, which only occurred because He exchanged His perfect life, for our sinful condition.
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28).
When we realize that the followers of Jesus did not anticipate that Christ’s rejection by the Jews would include His death and resurrection, we are in the position where we can gain some critical insight related to just what the LORD actually accomplished in His incredible victory.
To understand this, it’s instructive to go back to the point in time where Christ tells His disciples that He is going to be unjustly executed.
“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day” (Matthew 16:21).
As Peter claimed that he was ready to die for Christ, it is apparent that all the disciples (with the exception of Judas) were also thoroughly convinced that Jesus was the Messiah – but it’s obvious they did not understand why the LORD was going to die.
“And [Peter] said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death” (Luke 22:33).
Having already shown that “prison” (along with captivity, torment, deception, hatred, etc) is just another spiritual similitude of Hell, I trust the reader recognizes the two components of the Perdition Engine in this verse – and obviously the LORD Himself is the “third part” (Zechariah 13:9).
We certainly remember that Peter had already confessed that Jesus is the Christ well before the LORD told the disciples that He would soon be arrested and killed.
“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15, 16).
After His crucifixion, and Zechariah’s prophecy which said “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered” (Zechariah 13:7) was fulfilled, the disciples were in great distress. There is much to be learned from this stage of the sequence.
When Jesus was resurrected, and two of his discouraged disciples travelled to the village of Emmaus, Christ came and walked beside them – but they did not recognize Him.
In these events, we see yet another example of the triune architecture of redemption, with two parts finite, and the third part eternal, as seen in Zechariah 13:8. As the threesome walked along the road, their conversation tells us quite a bit about the circumstances that had just elapsed, to say nothing of the prophetic panorama that was still unfolding.
Just like Peter, the two disciples had been thoroughly convinced that JESUS was the long prophesied Saviour, but the rather abrupt end of His dynamic ministry had bewildered them.
Reasoning among themselves, they were immersed in the Death and Hell of doubt and depression – so Christ had joined them incognito, presaging the pattern that occurs when a man or woman is gradually awakening to the reality that Jesus is indeed the genuine LORD of glory.
“And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them, But their eyes were holden [held back] that they should not know him” (Luke 24:15,16).
The fact the disciples believed that Jesus was the prophesied Son of God was revealed in their words.
“We trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel” (Luke 24:21).
Although the miracles that Christ performed were certainly a critical factor in the perception that Jesus was the Scripturally prophesied Son of David, His perfect, sinless life was an essential component of the epic event of His sacrifice.
As the documents in the New Testament would later record, the entire history of Israel occurred so that all who encounter Christ would recognize He was sent by God the Father to redeem Israel. Jesus had said from the very beginning that He was sent to save the lost sheep of the house of Israel:
“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).
As the Gospel of the kingdom of God emerged, the New Testament tells us the New Covenant of Jesus Christ was still focused on the redemption of Israel.
“Now all these things happened unto [Israel] for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (I Corinthians 10:11).
In this regard, it’s useful to remember that in the Old Covenant, the lamb that was sacrificed for Israel’s sins was to be perfect, and without spot or blemish.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:18,19).
The episode with the two disciples on the Emmaus road illustrates how the genuine depth of what Christ accomplished at Calvary gradually dawned on His followers. As a case in point, in their great despair as they told the LORD “We trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel” (Luke 24:21), it is clear they still did not understand what had transpired.
After He feigned ignorance of the things which had just occurred in Jerusalem, but before they realized it was Jesus risen from the dead, He explained just how the Saviour had fulfilled the prophet’s words concerning the astonishing fashion in which the LORD had just redeemed Israel.
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
The setting in which the LORD of glory, filled with the power of God, imparted His life into the “two parts” that were in the darkness of Death and Hell, is one of the most magnificent accounts in the Bible.
As they realized His true identity, He vanished out of their sight.
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).
We take note of how the text uses the singular term heart, as the two had just become one in Christ. The text tells us the revived disciples then raced back to Jerusalem to find the other disciples also knew that He was risen from the dead – and here we find another glimpse into the perspective of the believers shortly before Christ ascended to the heavens.
The disciples had assembled once again, and once again, the subject of Israel was the topic.
“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).
Christ declined a direct answer, but in spite of the fact that Jesus had repeatedly taught them “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21), it is self evident from the question the disciples still perceived the mediatorial standing of the kingdom of Israel to be an earthly dominion. Furthermore, the LORD had already instructed the disciples that after He returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit would arrive to lead them into all truth.
“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).
Centuries ago, the Holy Spirit revealed through the Scriptures that God has already restored the kingdom to Israel, because the kingdom of God is the Spiritual body of Christ, and with the New Covenant, the LORD reconfigured Israel into a Spiritual house.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (II Peter 2:5).
This is directly related to the two disciples’ statement while they were en route to Emmaus, when they despondently said how disappointed they were at Christ’s death, because they had “trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel” (Luke 24:21).
It is very revealing to recognize that when the two disciples believed Jesus was dead, it was at that point in time that they believed that Christ had not redeemed Israel.
The Spiritual alignment of the prophesied Falling Away from the truth is now complete. The false prophets that lead the Christian church today are just like the two despondent disciples who believed that God had yet to redeem Israel. Worse yet, these same deceived shepherds tell us God will forcefully save physical Israel at the second coming, when His marvelous salvation actually occurred two thousand years ago.
With the Christian church in this gross apostasy – manifesting the False Prophet inhabited by Hell, joined to Christ rejecting, unregenerate physical Israel manifesting Antichrist inhabited by Death, it is readily apparent that “sin lieth at the door” (Genesis 4:7).
But the good news is the genuine Spiritually constituted Remnant of Israel, which is the “third part” that is inhabited by the Life of Christ, is about to emerge in the midst of this present darkness.
“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:43).
-- James Lloyd
To Be Continued
Christian Media has an eye-opening, on-demand video elaborating on the crucial facts seen in the above article — which also includes predictions concerning the enormous turn of events associated with the present political tumult in America – especially with reference to the American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the political state known as Israel.
We also publish a weekly news synopsis summarizing what has occurred each week (The ChristianMediaDaily News – The Week In Review). In addition to this, we produce a regularly issued companion letter commenting on the material seen in each chapter of THE GREAT EXCHANGE. The latest edition of that letter (entitled the Christian Median MINISTRY STATUS REPORT), the MSR has even more prophetic projections concerning the amazing explosion of prophetic understanding which has occurred at the Christian Media ministry.
Further, we have 24/7 Radio Streams, and also an additional online video program dealing with Health and Survival, as well as yet another regularly issued video which identifies specific False Prophets the believer should avoid.
However, the adversary has already sown tares in this vineyard, and we choose not to provide the website links with the video elaborating on the present prophecy writing here, as those who think they’re doing God service are tirelessly trying to excise the truth from the Internet (John 16:2).
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