“The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on
dry ground in the middle of the Jordan,
while all Israel passed by until the whole nation
had completed the crossing on dry ground.”

Joshua 3:17, NIV

What happened when Jesus died on the Cross? Theologically speaking, He secured our redemption. In practical terms, this is not always so easy to grasp.

One beautiful illustration of redemption is seen in the crossing of the Jordan River by the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land of Canaan. Because the Jordan was at the flood stage it was impossible for the people (probably over one million!) to cross with all their belongings, young children and animals. God held back the waters by piling it in a “heap” (Joshua 3:16), as the priests’ feet touched the river. It must have been an incredible sight. Again the people would cross over, as they had crossed the Red Sea with Moses.

This time the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant (that magnificent piece of furniture that represented the presence of God for Israel) remained in the center of the dried up river until all the people had crossed over.

This is what happened when Jesus died on the Cross. He withstood the wrath of His Father for our sins. He remained on that tree until the punishment had been fully laid on Him. He stayed until we had crossed over. And when redemption was secured He cried out, “It is finished” – because it was. Through the death of Jesus and faith in His Name, punishment for sin became a river we would never again have to cross as we gained access to God.

: Take a moment to thank Jesus for His work on the Cross for you. It may be time for you to simply pray, “Dear God, I believe that what Jesus did on the Cross, He did for me. Please, Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive my sins. Teach me to live for you.”