Solemn Friday

Bearing shame and scoffing rude

In my place condemned He stood,

Sealed my pardon with His blood—

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Let me encourage you to meditate on that text, but also on the necessity of Christ’s substitutionary atonement. According to J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood, pp 25-26:

  1. God . . . “condones nothing,” but judges all sin as it deserves: which Schripture affirms, and my conscience confirms, to be right.
  2. My sins merit ultimate penal suffering and rejection from God’s presence (conscience also confirms this), and nothing I do can blot them out.
  3. The penalty due to me for my sins, whatever it was, was paid for me by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in his death on the cross.
  4. Because this is so, I though faith in him am made “the righteousness of God in him,” i.e., I am justified; pardon, acceptance, and sonship [to God] become mine.
  5. Christ’s death for me is my sole ground of hope before God. “If he fulfilled not justice, I must; if he underwent not wrath, I must to eternity” (John Owen).
  6. My faith in Christ is God’s own gift to me, given in virtue of Christ’s death for me: i.e. the cross procured it.
  7. Christ’s death for me guarantees my preservation to glory.
  8. Christ’s death for me is the measure and pledge of the love of the Father and the Son to me.
  9. Christ’s death for me calls and constrains me to trust, to worship, to love, and to serve.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Rom 5:11; 3:24;  Col 1:19-22; 2:14,15 ;  2 Cor 5:14-15,21; Gal 3:13; 2:20, et. al. 


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