Monday, December 03, 2012

Jesus made two payments for shame.

Isaiah 61:7 (NLT), "Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor."

One story in the Bible has been preached on repeatedly. It is how Peter denied Christ three times. Although there is much to reveal in the story, I have never heard the significance of the rooster crowing nor the reason Jesus was denied three times.

First, Jesus had to provide three offerings to prepare us as priests (see Exo. 29). Jesus, being our offering, had to be denied (rejected) three times, once for each offering. Another significant message in this verse lies in the fact that it was during the break of day.

The Bible says in Exodus 29:39, these offerings were to take place during the break of day or during Twilight, the break of the night. While Peter denied Jesus, the first sacrifice, a burnt offering, was taking place. Since a rooster will crow at the first sign of daylight. The rooster crowing is evidence of daybreak, the correct time for this offering. This was the burnt offering, the first sacrifice necessary.

The second offering took place while Jesus was on the cross. The Scripture says in Luke 23:44, "By this time it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock." The sin offering took place while Jesus hung on the cross. Darkness fell during crucifixion. Twilight is the time when darkness falls. The second sacrifice Jesus provided, took place during twilight.

The third offering happened during the resurrection. The Bible says in Luke 24:1-2, "But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance." The third sacrifice, the consecration offering, happened during the break of day.

By now, you may be asking why this is so important. When we understand the offerings provided, we understand what Jesus paid for us to have. For instance, do you know Jesus paid for shame twice? Jesus was ridiculed in the morning after He was arrested; He was also ridiculed while He hung on the cross. The Bible says in Genesis 3:7, "At that moment their [Adam and Eve's] eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves." This was immediately after they sinned. The burnt offering was necessary to remove the shame.

When God gave the Ten Commandments, the sin offering became necessary. This was to give redemption from the curses of the Law in Deuteronomy 28. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 28:37, "You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the Lord sends you." This was a curse for failing to follow God's commands. The sin offering redeemed us from this curse.

The verse at the top says we get double honor for our shame. This is because Jesus paid for our shame twice. If shame has ever been an issue for you, now you can confidently declare, "Jesus has provided double honor for me!" As you expect it, you will see it manifest.

Be Blessed!

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