Most Christians know that our sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus on that dark day many years ago. But do they realize the full impact of what actually happened that day? The destiny of mankind was forever changed as Jesus rose from the Cross to be King.
When God—Yeshua—created the garden in Eden, He made it to be home for His children and He was King over that land. Adam and Eve and their children to come were citizens in His kingdom. But as we know, Adam sinned against God and ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that God told him not to touch, and through him sin entered the garden—and it was no longer holy. It had become corrupted with sin and that act of disobedience changed the ownership of the world. It now belonged to the forces of darkness; to the devil.
But our Lord is loving and forgiving, merciful and kind—and just—and He wasn’t going to leave His children forever. He promised Eve that He would send a Savior to redeem His children back to Him and He warned the devil that this Savior would destroy him.—Genesis 3:15
God fights all of our battles for us when we trust Him, and this battle was one that He alone would fight and win! People have no ability to fight against the powers of darkness, but God is all-powerful and nothing is impossible for Him.
- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.—Ephesians 6:12
So God created an earthly body through Mary (Jesus) and then filled it with His own Spirit. Jesus grew up and preached for three and a half years about God and Heaven and what the kingdom of God was all about. He was able to do this with authority because God’s Spirit lived in Him and spoke through Him.
- And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.—John 1:14
Jesus knew He was going to the cross and He knew why. He knew the pain that He’d endure and the horror that waited for Him. But He never considered changing the plan because Jesus was God in the flesh and the pain that His physical body would endure could not be compared to the victory of regaining His kingdom and saving His children.
The devil also knew who Jesus was, that He was God in the flesh, but he also knew that the flesh is weak—that’s how he tempted Eve and got her to convince Adam to sin. His plan was to try and get Jesus to back down and not obey God, and if he could do that then he would have botched God’s plan and this world would be his forever. We read in Matthew 4:1-11 that Jesus was tempted by the devil, but He put down all earthly desires and got the victory over those temptations!
- Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.—Mark 14:38
So then the devil roused the emotions of the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and soon enough Jesus was captured and sentenced to death. And the devil used the Jewish leaders and their pride to bring this to pass. They thought it was their own doing, crucifying someone because he dared to call himself God and upset their religious ring. And the devil actually thought that he’d ruined God’s plan by killing Jesus.
But the devil didn’t realize that crucifying Jesus WAS God’s plan. In the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed as a temporary measure at the altar of God to be atonement for the people’s sins. And unbeknownst to the devil, Jesus came from Heaven to BE the lamb that was to be the ultimate atonement for our sins, and that nothing was going to stop that from happening.
- Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.—John 1:29
At the cross, Jesus gave Himself to be that sacrifice and He took upon Himself all the sins of the world so that not one sin was left unaccounted for. Every sin could now be forgiven and removed from every person! And Jesus took those sins to hell where He opened the prisons that held His faithful children and He set them free! There was no sin in them that could hold them there any longer.
God had won His kingdom back through Jesus! Sin that once separated God from people had now been defeated and people were no longer in bondage to the devil. But not everyone belongs to God’s kingdom. There are in fact, still two kingdoms: the kingdom of earth whose leader is the devil, and the Kingdom of God whose leader is King Jesus!
Why two kingdoms? Because God created in each of us a free will, as we know from Adam and Eve who chose to listen to the devil and disobey God. He wants people to love Him willfully, to have a heart that wants to be with Him. So, He gives us a choice as to which kingdom we want to be part of. The earthly kingdom will soon be ended, but God’s kingdom is eternal.
- Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.—Joshua 24:15
If we choose to stay in the kingdom of the world, living in sin and enjoying life on earth the way we want to, then we will face God on Judgment Day and be judged by the law for the sins we committed. But if we choose God’s kingdom, then we will accept that Jesus Christ died on the cross and that He took away our sins, and we will repent and ask for His forgiveness, turn from this world, be filled with God’s Spirit and follow Him. We will be born again and will have no sin in us to be judged by the law—Romans 6:14—because we are now under grace! And we will escape the wrath that is about to come upon this earth because we belong to God’s Kingdom.
Jesus took away our sins that day and redeemed the kingdom back to Himself. But He’s coming again, only this time not as a meek man, but as a mighty King! And He alone will rule this entire world; sin will be removed and once again, this creation of earth will be His kingdom.
And now we can appreciate why years ago so many of His earthly followers spread their robes and called him KING! And we who know the truth can also say, “Hail, King Jesus!”
- Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.—Psalm 24:9
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