Friday, November 23, 2007

Heart Disease (Part 4 of 4)

So, if you can drag yourself away from the leftover turkey for a few minutes, I'd like to conclude this series of posts on heart disease by dealing with this word "hyper" that has us all excited and... dare I say it... yes, hyper (there, I said it, I admit, I'm weak and I couldn't resist). The Greek word hyper literally means "in place of" or "on behalf of."

Let's examine these verses that employ the use of the word hyper.

1. Christ died for [hyper] our sins - (1 Corinthians 15: 3)

2. Jesus gave Himself for [hyper] our sins - (Galatians 1: 4 NCV)

3. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for [hyper] us - (Galatians 3: 13)

4. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for [hyper] his friends - (John 15: 13)

5. Before His death, Jesus took bread and said, "This is my body given for [hyper] you - (Luke 22: 19)

Do you get it? Are you hyped up about this word "hyper" yet? If not, let me attempt to make it a little clearer. What does He plan to do about our diseased hearts? Nothing. He's already done it! Everything we need to resolve the problem of heart disease, He has already provided. All we have to do is accept the heart exchange that He offers. There is absolutely no cost to you except the choice to surrender your diseased and weak heart in order to receive His strong and healthy heart. We enter heaven not with a healed heart, but with a new heart. His heart. Soooooo, the question of the day is: what are you going to do about your heart disease?