We bear His innocence because He bore our guilt.
"He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21).
Such Truth bears witness to perhaps the simplest, but most wondrous reality of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our perfectly faithful Shepherd suffered and died for His wayward lambs by Himself becoming "the Lamb of God" (John 1:36). We must never forget the simplicity of salvation, nor the incomprehensible glory of it. We state the case of Christ in starkly plain terms, so elementary a child can understand. Such grace and truth then leads to a lifetime and eternity of what can only be termed bewilderment as we ponder the wonder. How can it be so simple? He can He be so sublime? He died that I might live? I believe, with my heart, and am forgiven and made new? He is that completely, mind numbingly, and heart rendingly good?
Simple. Sublime. Both winds of the Spirit course through the hearts of the redeemed. One leads to a realized and manageable faith that enables us to live Heavenly lives in an earthly world. The other keeps us on the knees and faces of our spirits, and sometimes our bodies. Sometimes the emphasis seems to waft upon one, or the other, based upon God's purposes, the needs of others, and our own requirements. A turbulent world batters us with its complexities, resulting in a mind full of perplexities. The Holy Spirit leads us to remember and affirm "the simplicity that is in Christ" (II Corinthians 11:3). At other times, we find ourselves inexcusably wandering down paths of the inane and the trivial. The same Holy Spirit jolts us to our senses with remembrance and affirmation of the only One who provides real meaning and significance to our existence. "When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead" (Revelation 1:17). Simple. Sublime. Two winds, of one Spirit, both coursing through us to remind us of the Christ so available and approachable, and so awe-inspiringly good and glorious.
"And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."
Weekly Memory Verse
Rejoice the soul of Thy servant: for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
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