The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Far Deeper Waters"
When the Lord Jesus Christ died for us on the cross of Calvary, something so horrible and unimaginable took place that the Bible only records the fact. No explanation is given, nor is one forthcoming.
"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).
Note that the Apostle Paul does not reference our Lord's bearing of sin mentioned by the Apostle Peter, but rather of being "made… sin" (I Peter 2:24). Somehow, the Lord Jesus was "made… to be" what He was not for the purpose of experiencing His Father's wrath against wickedness and evil. Torrents of Divine fury descended upon the Savior and raged within His soul. From the experience of Jonah, the prophetic Scriptural voice foreshadows a portion of our Lord's agony:
"I cried by reason of Mine affliction unto the LORD, and He heard Me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and Thou heardest My voice. For Thou hadst cast Me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed Me about: all Thy billows and Thy waves passed over Me. Then I said, I am cast out of Thy sight; yet I will look again toward Thy holy temple. The waters compassed Me about, even to the soul: the depth closed Me round about, the weeds were wrapped about My head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about Me forever" (Jonah 2:2-6).
What would it be like to eternally exist as a Being of perfect righteousness, with a pure and perfect love for goodness, but to be made the very essence of unrighteousness? What horrors would such a contradiction of heart and spirit involve as a Father's love gives way to the wrath of a judge? We do not and cannot know. We can only be sure it happened, and that a long eternity will not suffice to provide understanding of the dark hour described by the hymnwriter: "But none of the ransomed ever knew how deep were the waters crossed, nor how dark was the night our Lord passed through "ere He found His sheep that was lost."
A holy proportion resulted from Calvary. To the degree the Lord Jesus was made to be sin, God freely imputes His righteousness to those who believe. To the degree Christ was forsaken, we are "accepted in the Beloved." To the degree His soul was enveloped by the night, our spirit dwells in the light of God's countenance. To the degree our Lord became what He was not, we become in Him what we were not. All such grace flows to us from the River of life made possible by our Savior's experience of the deep, the floods, the billows, and the waves of God's wrath poured out upon Him for our sakes.
We cannot know. We cannot understand. However, we can believe. Moreover, we can seek to increasingly avail ourselves of the gift purchased for us by the horrible and the unimaginable. May our Heavenly Father grant much grace of remembrance, and of accessing the grace of Christ made possible by a sacrifice far greater, and of far deeper waters than we will ever know...
"Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound, that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord."
"We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Weekly Memory Verse
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him."
(I John 4:9)