Trading Places

1 Peter 2:24-25(NIV)

24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

There is an older movie produced in 1983 titled ‘Trading Places’, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.  This premise of the movie is two men in different life situations.  Dan Aykroyd is an upper-crust executive and Eddie Murphy is a down-and-out hustler.  They are the subject of a bet by two brothers who are successful brokers.  Dan ends up being framed for a crime and loses everything while Eddie is put into position as the new executive.

If we look at our spiritual situation, our sin only means that we are destined for destruction and will face spiritual death.  God sent Jesus to this earth as a man and he bore our sins in his body on the cross.  He has traded places with us and we have been lifted up to an elevated position, in which we now have a direct relationship with God Almighty.  There was no ‘bet’ in place, but God’s love is truly awesome in how he setup the plan to lift us up and out of our dark lives.

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