Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Change of ID – this actually happened twice in the history of mankind. When God invented a new life form – us – we were inherently good. Things turned around with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We got involved with that knowledge, and we came under the law. With that, our ID changed. No longer inherently good, things got really messy. Creation around us also changed its ID.

The age of the law ran its course, and at the right time Jesus came with the purpose of reclaiming our original ID. Jesus lived the life of a human being the way it was originally intended by our Creator. Jesus, the Son of God, is inherently good, just as we once had been. At the cost of His life He both satisfied the law and freed us from it.

We are now free to reclaim our original ID. We can leave the life under the law and instead live by faith in the Son of God, by believing in His sacrifice, in the power of the cross.

It’s easy to believe and it’s hard to believe. Unfortunately, the symbol of the cross has its hang-ups. We can get distracted by human history. There has been abuse of the name of Jesus – people claiming to do things in the name of Jesus, and Jesus never authorized it.

Still, it’s not impossible to get past all that and meet with Jesus, the original, not Jesus the counterfeit. Cutting through the chase of misconceptions and misinterpretations, we get to the bottom of the message of the cross when we turn our eyes to Jesus and understand why He did what He did. He dearly loves us. He didn’t die on the cross because He had to, He died because He wanted to. He wants us to be free. God missed us. In our prior life, in the Garden of Eden, we had a close relationship. The incredible gift of the cross is our opportunity of regaining that closeness.

The very first step in reclaiming our original ID is seeking Jesus out. When the message of the cross becomes tangible the core of our being changes. Praise the Lord! Let the healing begin!

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