For so long now the church has confused the fact that God was in Jesus turning His back on sin as if the Father turned His back on the Son. We have not understood what it means that God turned His back on sin and so we have looked at it as if the Father turned His back on the Son. This persuasion does not come from God and is the voice of the serpent in the earth trying to persuade people that God left mankind as orphans in the earth to cloth upon themselves with life. But, God never orphaned Adam. He never turned His back on Adam rather He came to Adam and clothed him in his nakedness.
The word Adam in Hebrew means man and the manner in which we see God deal with Adam when He found Adam naked in sin and death is meant to teach and instruct our hearts about the way in which God manifests Himself towards people when He finds them in sin and death. Jesus saw in the scriptures that when God found Adam in sin and death God did not abhor Adam in his affliction but God clothed Adam. This spoke a word to Jesus’ heart about the way God would be with him when he took the sin and death of the world upon Himself on the cross.
The cross is the manifold wisdom of God. Yes Jesus represented man when he hung on the cross but there is also an aspect of the cross that reveals Jesus as God on the cross. If you’ve seen Jesus you’ve seen the Father.
And as God on the cross Jesus turned his back on the wisdom of the serpent as a way unto life. The Son looked at the death he had as he hung on the cross and he said in his heart I will not lift one finger to give myself life but I will trust in the Father to come and cloth me with life. Jesus knew God as Abba & He knew that Abba did not possess the ability to forsake His Son and so his flesh rested on the cross even in the midst of all death.
This is what it means that Jesus resisted sin unto his death. Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit resisted the temptation to trust in his own works for life so much that it resulted in his death on the cross. He resisted the temptation to enlist his own ability to cloth himself so much that it resulted in his death on the cross. So that in him the world could see God turn His back on sin as a way unto life.
Jesus became the death the wisdom of the serpent brings to people in order to release the voice of the Father into the earth telling the world the wisdom that says you can have life through the works of your hands is not from God and can never give life but can only ever give death.
Jesus as God on the cross took our death upon Himself in order to show the one’s He loves that what they were believing on for life was working death in them. Jesus as God took our death upon Himself in order to show us what trusting in the strength of the flesh for life does to us.
Jesus released into the earth the Father’s judgment against sin, against the wisdom of the serpent as a way unto life so all who can hear the voice of the Father can turn away from trusting in the strength of the flesh for life and instead look to God for life and be healed from death.
God reasoned with man throughout the OT about the flesh they were believing on for life to persuade them to turn away from it because it was killing them. But they couldn’t see it was killing them because they were carnal, sold under sin. There was a way that seemed right to them but the end of that way was death. So God in His great love for man said to Himself “Let Us absorb the wages of man’s sin into ourselves that they might see in Us what the flesh they are believing on for life is doing to them and turn away from it and be healed”
God was in Christ condemning sin on the cross. He was not outside of Christ condemning man because of their sin. Big difference. Paul never said God condemned man in the person of Jesus he said God condemned the power sin had over man in the flesh of Jesus. Big difference. God did not come to punish man for their sin He came to punish sin for what it was doing to man by conquering death.