Monday, November 30, 2009

Joyfully Horrific

"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross" (Col. 2:13-14).

The reality of the cross should be so joyfully horrific that our only response ought to be passionate praise and affections for Christ. Joyful in the sense Christ fulfilled his perfect obedience through death on a cross and horrific because it was our sin that put him on the cross. “In my place condemned he stood.” “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5). He was crushed so we might have peace. What kind of peace? “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). Peace came at a serious price.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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