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Trading Places

Substitution Sin Salvation

Source: THE CROSS OF CHRIST by John Stott, pp. 159-160.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-26

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: John Stott / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

John Stott:

The concept substitution may be said, then, to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.

John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I Am a Christian and The Cross of Christ, have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages.

APPLICATION

While we make a poor substitute for God, He proves to be the perfect substitute for us. Thus, we would all do well to leave the substituting to Him.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Gathered Chicks

Substitution Jesus' Sacrifice Jesus' Love

Contributed By: John Angst | Date Posted: 2013-02-01

Scripture: Matthew 23:37 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

A country preacher saw an overgrown field, rank with tall weeds, which was on fire. The flames rose high into the sky, and the line of fire raced across the field driven by a strong, dry, summer wind. Within a short time the flames had consumed the vegetation of the field, and having no more fuel available at the pasture's edge, had subsided to a few flickering embers, and a rapidly dispersing cloud of smoke. 

Thinking he should make sure the fire was out for good, the man entered the blackened field, walking back and forth across it, kicking each smoldering clump and stamping out the embers. Near the center of the pasture, he kicked over a clump which startled him. Underneath the charred, smoking pile of debris was a cluster of baby chicks, which immediately scattered in all directions. After his initial reaction, he realized the burnt clump was the body of a hen which had gathered her brood under her wings for protection from the flames.  

APPLICATION

How like our Lord Jesus!  As he considered the inhabitants of the Holy City, he lamented, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing" (Matthew 23:37).

Like the hen, Jesus offered his own life in exchange for our salvation, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just  for the unjust..." (1 Peter 3:18).

Identity Theft and Jesus

Substitution Salvation Grace

Source: The Easter Answer by Stephen Kingsley, p. 79

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2012-03-18

Scripture: Colossians 2:14

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

We've all heard of the crime of identity theft. That's what Jesus did, but in reverse. Without your permission he assumed your identity and stepped into your personal business between you and God. He took your place. He took control of your account as if it were his own; not to add to your debt like a thief, but to pay your debt like a friend.

APPLICATION

Justice demands payment for sin and according to the high law of heaven, your debt has been paid in full. It's already done. God only asks for you to acknowledge that the debt exists, that you've sinned in violation of his law, and that you accept what Christ has done for you.

"He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross" (Colossians 2:14, NLT).

Trading Places

Healing Relationships Substitution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-10-31

Scripture: Isaiah 53:5

Author: Timothy Keller
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The Devil's Work

Racism Guilt Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-06-06

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Romans 2:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Jesus Saves

Jesus, Savior Redemption Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 3:16

Author: Charles Krieg
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Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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No Cheap Gifts For Christmas

Christmas Sacrifice Selfless

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-11-15

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Mark 10:45

Author: Charles Krieg
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