The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Of all the imponderables of Scripture, perhaps the greatest involves God the Father pouring out His wrath against sin on His eternally beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Note carefully the following passages reference this unspeakable mystery.
"He hath put Him to grief… Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin" (Isaiah 53:10).
"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).
"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:46).
When we consider that the Bible also teaches Christ died for us "when we were enemies," the mystery looms even more beyond our understanding (Romans 5:10). Indeed, nothing more confirms the Apostle Paul's declaration that "the love of Christ… passeth knowledge" (Ephesians 3:19). For a human race of which all have "turned to his own way," God gave His Son to untold agony, forsakenness, and death. "Smitten of God" is the description of the prophet, who also wrote, "The Lord hath laid on Him the inquiry of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).
This is written with no intention to offer explanation for the inexplicable. However, sometimes - quite often, actually - we do well to still ourselves to simply recall the very heart of our faith, based on the very heart of God. We are a wayward race of beings so loved by our Creator that He gave His Son to be our Redeemer at a cost even eternity will not begin to fully reveal. Let us all make this personal - because it is so very personal. The God who knows all our sins and failures loves each one of us so dearly that when our rescue from judgment required the highest price He could possibly pay, He paid it. He made His Son's soul the offering for our sin, and then smote Him with the entirety of His judgment and wrath against our unrighteousness. Inexplicable. We can only worship, and seek to love in this moment and forevermore the One who so loves us.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of his grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
(I John 4:10)
"And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
(I John 2:2)
Weekly Memory Verse
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I, send me.