Jesus did not just die for you, He died as you.


“Jesus did not just die for you, He died as you.” Phil Drysdale


What an amazing truth that Jesus died for us, if it were not so I don’t know where any of us would be today. However this often shouted from the rooftops while being one of the foundational truths of the gospel can also be one of the most damaging statements. Why you ask? Because it is only a half-truth.

You see if Jesus only died for you then what we are left with is a powerless Christianity. If Jesus came to die in your place then we end up with a theology that doesn’t change Christians.

Many sayings are birthed out of this way of thinking “God sees you through blood stained glasses”, “when God looks at you He can only see Jesus” and other things like that. These are really nice sayings but the problem is that they are fundamentally incorrect. Jesus did not come to Earth to die on a cross to make God partially sighted! God can see you just fine!

You see Jesus is not a perfect cardboard cutout that you hold out in front of you in case God would look upon your sinful self and smite you!

No, Jesus did something much more than that. He died AS you.

Jesus doesn’t just cover your sins. He irradiated your sins and made you righteous! Jesus did not come to Earth to blind God. He came to Earth to radically alter who you were!

Your sinful self died with Him on that cross and you were raised up a new creation, made completely righteous in His resurrection! You are something God loves to look upon and in fact delights in!

So remember today, Jesus did not just die for you but rather He died as you! You are a new creation!

Prayer for the day

Jesus I thank you for your cross, that on it you didn’t just die for me but you too my sinful self to that cross with you and we both hung and died there. Both not only that Jesus, but that you raised up three days later and in that resurrection you raised me up as a new creation, that you have made me righteous and pure. That in you I have been made completely new, pleasing to God and a temple for your Spirit. Thank you for that gift of new life, may I walk in the reality of it today!

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  1. Another way to say this is “he died for your sins”. He died so that you would be set free from slavery to sin–not just the penalty of sin. That setting free from slavery is so that we can go out and change the world–to offer healing to the world.

    This is wholistic healing in the full sense of the word: healing the physical brokenness (disease, suffering, pain), healing the injustices in the world (slavery, oppression, abuse), healing the eco-system (regardless of our opinion on climate change we are still called to care for the world), healing the emotionally damaged and those entrapped in their own sin.

    • Amen! The greek word Sozo which we translate as “saved” and “healed” is a healing for the Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit and any other part of us we care to label :)

  2. Thanks for this one Phil, you say it so clearly.
    Francois du Toit expresses a similar thought – “He didn’t come of an example for you, but of you.”
    Evanglicalism misses this point completely. Over fifty years in a ‘good Baptist’ church never taught me this simple, liberating truth which IS the gospel!
    Bless you!

    • Yes I love Francios – he has an excellent way of putting things!

      Glad you liked it :) thanks for sharing!

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