Galatians 2:20: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

When God invented a new life form – human beings – we were inherently good. Things changed when we got involved with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result we came under the law and with that, our identity changed. Like computer software attacked by a virus, we became corrupted.

The age of the law ran its course, and at the right time the Son of God came to save us from corruption. At the cost of His life He both satisfied the law and freed us from it. We are now free to reclaim our original identity. We can leave the life under the law and live our lives by faith believing in Jesus’ sacrifice, in the power of the cross.

It’s easy to believe and it’s hard to believe. We can get distracted by human history – 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 the Son of God and understand what He has accomplished. He didn’t die on the cross because He had to; He died because He wanted to. God missed us. In our prior life, in the Garden of Eden, we had a close relationship with Him. The incredible gift of the cross is our opportunity to regain that closeness.

The very first step to reclaiming our original identity is to walk through the open door that God provided. When the message of the cross sinks in, we revert back to our true self: God’s creation, beautiful and free. Praise the Lord – let the healing begin.