Read Galatians 3:8-9. The Great Promise
God had made a promise in The Garden to Adam and Eve that He continued through Abraham and preserved through generations, through David and on through Mary. He had promised a seed through whom Satan and sin would be crushed, a Messiah, a Promised One, a Savior; through a Person, not a performance. God promised Abraham that he would give him a great name, give him a special land, and make him a great nation, as many as the stars in the sky and that He would use Abraham to be a blessing to all the nations, not based on his performance but based on the covenant (promise) that God had made with him.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. The Great Exchange.
Probably the most insightful verse in the New Testament reveals to us that the means that God has provide for us to enter into His promise to Abraham is through “exchanging” our life for the life of Jesus. He takes our sins and their consequences on Himself and we accept His life and its blessings on ourselves. Luther called it The Great Exchange. When we place faith in the promise, just as Abraham did, we become a part with God and His life.
Many of us have recently discovered that the next generation of non-Christian young people is intrigued with this “exchange” that Jesus has to offer. They are not interested in religion or religious entertainment. They are eager to listen to The Gospel. Most young people have adopted the religion of their parents which is moralism, approaching God based on your own moral efforts (i.e. “Good people go the Heaven, bad people go to Hell.”) Many are embracing The Great Exchange.
Pray for three distinct groups. In the movement we call The Great Exchange we are watching God work right now in three distinct groups. One is twenty year olds in particular, another is young African American males, and a third is visiting and resident mainland Chinese. It is fascinating to watch what God is doing right now in these identity groups, here and all around the world. God is calling the nations to Himself.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2
By John Deans