Not Another Teen Movie is the epic tale of a rag-tag group of high school cheerleaders trying to win a cheer competition. In the movie a rival cheerleader challenges protagonist cheer-captain, Priscilla, to “bring it on.” Priscilla’s response, “It’s already been broughten!” silences her opponents and spurs her squad on to victory.
Likewise the kingdom of God has already been broughten. God released everything he will ever give you when Jesus went to the cross. By the way, do not see Not Another Teen Movie. It’s terrible.
In the last post I discussed how Jesus took our sin upon himself so that he might also take the judgment for that sin. When he died, though, there was another transference. What belonged to him – the kingdom – was transferred into our account. Jesus had to die not just to take the punishment for our sin, but also so that we might receive our inheritance as sons. That inheritance is the fullness of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus died his last will and testament was written into our name and the deed now belonged to his seed.
The Kingdom is not Heaven. If I had time to thoroughly explain this truth I would, but I don’t want to rob you of the joy of seeking out the truth of the Kingdom for yourself. Everything that Jesus had on this earth was released to us on the cross, save the Holy Spirit which came a few days later after Jesus ascended. Health, prosperity, wisdom, revelation, power, and all spiritual blessings are now ours because he took what we possessed and gave us all he possessed. (Isaiah 53:5, II Corinthians 8:9, Ephesians 1:3, I Corinthians 2:16, II Peter 1:3)
Jesus paid for more than just the price of your sin. On the cross he paid over and above what was owed so that we might receive over and above what we deserved. Jesus received the mocking, the beating, the flogging, and arguably the most torturous form of death man has yet conceived all to make sure that we would not just escape punishment, but be favored, prospered, and blessed in every area of life!
The sacrificial lamb of the Old Covenant was killed by the knife. Isaiah 52:14 says Jesus could hardly be recognized as , “Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness.” I’m pretty sure the lamb sacrificed for sin under the Law could still have been recognized as a lamb after it was killed. As gruesome as the crucifixion The Passion of the Christ depicted the crucifixion, it’s doubtful the movie went far enough. Some believe Jesus physical every disease, and cancer, and infirmity in the earth upon himself as well. Scripture cannot confirm or deny this claim, but it is clear that Jesus paid more than enough to free us from any curse of this life.
When we think of the Jewish Passover we often think simply of the Israelites’ escape from slavery into freedom. This is an important part of the story, but understanding the full blessing of the passover gives us a better picture of what Christ did for us.
Before the Egyptians drove the Israelites out each of the Israelites had gone to their Egyptian neighbors and asked for silver and gold. Because of God’s favor the Egyptians just simply gave away a great deal of wealth to the children of Israel. Psalm 105:37 says, “He brought them out with silver and gold, and there was none feeble among His tribes.” Not only did the Israelites escape from slavery, they looted and plundered one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations, and all 200 million+ left in great health! Before any of them asked to be blessed, or did anything to merit God’s favor He released to them everything they could need.
If God provided all this when he set his people free from slavery and political oppression, how much more would he provide when he set us free from sin and death through our redemption in Christ? The first was simply a shadow of the latter, the true Passover. Before we asked or believed or obeyed he credited our account with everything we need for life and Godliness through Jesus 2,000 years ago.