Who his own self bare our sins to his own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 KJV

The Divine Exchange.  

Our focus this weekend has been on Christ, His cross and resurrection.  We’ve seen the very heart of God, love, compel Jesus to offer up his life as the perfect sacrifice to redeem ours.  The divine exchange: His life to redeem ours.  By his stripes we were healed.  “For by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:14.  

Everything we have ever needed, or will ever need, can be found in this divine exchange. Ephesians 1:3, The Father, “Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” offers us a finished work.  What begins spiritually always has sufficient life to manifest itself naturally to the one who receives.

The cross is the divine exchange.
It was His place of death but it is where we find our life in Christ.
Jesus was punished that we would be forgiven.  He was wounded that we would be healed.  He was made sin that we could become the righteousness of God in Him.  His death has brought us abundant life. Though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich. His shame, his disgrace, gave us grace and glory in serving Him.  He was rejected and we find acceptance in the Fathers presence.  He became a curse that we might be blessed.

This isn’t just an Easter story.  It is the reality we live by.  It is truth that governs our daily existence and the hope which anchors our soul.
It is our divine exchange.