“But he was pierced for our
transgressions; he was crushed
for our iniquities upon him was
he chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his
own way; and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”
What’s fifty-four hours, forty-eight miles, requires carrying forty-five pounds of gear, thirty-six warrior stations, twenty-nine team building exercises, and must be completed with only two meals and six hours of sleep? It’s ‘The Crucible’ in the Marine Corp. This is the test every recruit must pass to become a Marine. They say the transformation is forever.
‘Rite of Passage’ is what births accomplishment. Thank God we’ve kept graduation intact to signify academic rite of passage, and introduce graduates into the next stage of becoming a productive adult. Jesus became our sin and every single thing that was broken about us and our relationship with God, so we could have full and unhindered rights as sons and daughters of God. His successful rite of passage gave us full rights of adoption, freedom, and eternal life.
Many operate out of shame and guilt because of personal failure thinking they have to earn rite of passage with God. It’s not possible. It’s a crucible that only Jesus could accomplish. Hebrews 7:11 and the book of Galatians make the great argument that if our righteousness could have been attained by way of the law and works, that’s the way God would have chosen.
We have rights and freedom in this country because soldiers went through the crucible of war, and were victorious. We have spiritual rights of freedom, healing, and salvation, not by our works, but because of Jesus’ successful and victorious rite of passage. We are forever transformed through Jesus’ successful rite of passage that commemorates the finished/accomplished work of our salvation.
By Aaron F. Jeffers