Jesus Made the Bitter Waters Sweet
‘And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them’ (KJV)
For some the cross of Jesus Christ is an event of unequivocal punishment and misery. To some the cross simply reveals the depravity of humankind and the lengths God had to go to in order to tolerate us. To some the cross is not a place of victory, but just a reminder of self-sacrifice and obedience. Thankfully, ‘for some’ and ‘to some’ does not equal reality; indeed, the cross of Christ was a place where great suffering took place, but Jesus suffered for us and as us, not to show us an example. And furthermore, the cross reveals humanities worth and value, it doesn’t point to wrath or disappointment! The cross is a place of unequivocal victory! The cross is a happy place, a sweet place, not because of the gruesome and painful experience of the Lord, but because of the galactic redemption taking place in him! Surely, the tree of Christ is cosmic reason to celebrate because through Christ and his cross (not forgetting his resurrection and ascension) we have been fully loaded with every goodie and blessing heaven has to offer! This New Covenant really is ‘sweeeet’!
In Exodus 15 we see an account of the children of Israel that beautiful typifies the cross of Jesus. This shadow starts with the Israelites moving from the Red Sea to the desert of Shur, the travelled for days with no water only to come to a place called Marah, which had water, only it was bitter and undrinkable. The people grumbled. But, our God is the redeemer, and in true Jesus-like fashion God showed Moses a piece of wood, he threw it in and the waters became sweet. How amazing! The Lord showed Moses a piece of wood and that enabled Moses to experience this glorious miracle!
It is the same today. There are two applications of this glorious story: the first is that Jesus, through his death, resurrection, and ascension – through the tree on which he hung – has made the bitter waters sweet! Jesus has won, the curse destroyed, old Adam has died, and in him there is a wonderfully glorious and blessed new creation! The second is simply an application of the first; if in your life you see a contradiction to this glorious new world in Christ then you know the answer. Turn to God and behold the piece of wood, but don’t be fooled it’s not just any old piece of wood, no God himself will show you this wood, and as you behold you will see a manifestation of redemptive power, and any bitter water of contradiction will be made sweet! So, know today that Papa loves you, that Jesus won, and that Holy Spirit wants to partner with you in revelation about the finished work of Christ, and that as you enjoy this beautiful reality you will see powerful manifesting of the Kingdom of King Jesus!