Understanding that Jesus took our place and became our substitute when He died on Calvary is vital to having a faith that can receive a miracle from the Lord.
The principle of substitution was introduced by God when He commanded the Levitical Priests to transfer the sins of the people to the “scape goat” by laying hands upon them. The goat that was carrying the sins of the people was then sent off into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:10).
This typifies what Jesus did for us, becoming the bearer of our sins and all the consequences of sin. The good news is that we don’t have to bear what Jesus bore for us. It would be illegal for God to punish both Jesus and us for our sins. That is what makes substitution necessary from a legal standpoint, someone had to suffer the penalty for transgression in order for justice to be satisfied. Jesus did that for you and me, dying in our place and taking the penalty of our sins upon Himself.
“Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions , he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV)
By faith we accept this fact, that Christ was our Substitute, taking on our penalty and suffering all the consequences of sin, including sickness, poverty, and the second death (eternal separation from God in Hell).
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
When the enemy tells you that God is punishing you by some sickness or tragedy, remind him that God already punished Jesus on your behalf and that he (the enemy) is trespassing illegally and will have to go when you resist him in faith. Remind the devil that you are redeemed by the Blood of Christ and he has no authority over your life whatsoever. So scram devil!
Declare every day the blessings of God that you have inherited, those blessings of Abraham listed in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Speak God’s Word over your life and do not allow Satan to have any place in your life. Close every door to him by living clean and renewing your mind to the glorious position you have in Christ.
Dr. John Polis