Wednesday, March 9, 2011

His Love and Our Sin

Here is a Grace Gem from the other day from James Smith that is so gospel saturated. I hope it reminds you of God's great love for sinners:

"When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Him." Luke 23:33

What brought Him there?
It was our sins--and His own infinite love.
Our sins alone could not--for He was not involved in them.
His love alone could not--for as innocent, He could not die.
But out of His pure, infinite, and eternal love--He became answerable for our sins. He engaged to bear them, atone for them, and remove them forever!

'He died for our sins.'
He suffered--because we had sinned,
He died--because we deserved to die, and
He lay in the grave for a time--that we may not lie in hell forever!

Our sins . . .
forged the nails that fastened Him to the tree,
planted the thorns that pierced His brow, and
sharpened the spear that was thrust into His heart!

O what an evil must sin be-to bring the Son of God into such a state of suffering and humiliation!

O what love must the love of Jesus be-that induced Him to take our place, and suffer and die in our stead!"

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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