Thank you, Lord, for:
Friends! Coffee with Susan, Mims & Linda!
Watching the World Cup with Gil & Whitty
Dinner at Whole Foods
Thank you, Lord, that you know me and are always with me!
...continued from July 5th
“...when the full payment is made, when the last of the debt of those who trust in him melts away, when the justice of God is fully satisfied, Jesus simply dismisses his spirit into the Father’s hands and dies. 10 But before he does, a single word falls from his lips. It is the word tetelestai.
Jesus’ solitary word requires three English words to translate: “It is finished.” 11 Do not misunderstand, however. Jesus is not collapsing in exhausted relief at the end of suffering. The ordeal is done, true enough, but the Son of God rejoices not in what is over. He celebrates, rather, what has been accomplished. His words, precisely rendered, mean, “It has been and will forever remain finished.” 12 Christ’s torment has not simply ended. His goal has been reached; his task has been achieved. The divine transaction is complete. Jesus takes our guilt. We take his goodness. That is the trade. And its effect extends forward, continues on, and changes the world forever.
...Christ’s single act of submission and sacrifice that cost him his life. ...we will simply call it ...the “Marvelous Exchange.”
The Story puts it this way, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,” and, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God,” and, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace,” and many other statements such as these.
Let me offer another way of making this same point. 16 Imagine, for a moment, a king who, having discovered a theft in the royal treasury, decrees that the criminal be publicly flogged as payment for the crime. When soldiers haul the thief before the king as he sits in his judgment seat, there in chains crouches the frail form of the king’s own mother.
Without flinching, he orders the old woman to be bound to the whipping post in front of him. When she is secured, he stands up, lays down his imperial scepter, sets aside his jeweled crown, removes his royal robe, then steps down and enfolds the tiny old woman with his own body. Bearing his back to the whip, he orders the punishment to commence. Every blow meant for the criminal lands with full force upon the bare back of the king until the last lash falls.
In like manner, in those dark hours when Christ hung from the cross, the Father took those who would put their trust in Jesus and wrapped them in his Son who shielded them, taking every blow that they deserve.
This was not an accident. It was planned. The prophet Isaiah described it seven hundred years earlier:
“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
To be continued...
The Story of Reality, by Gregory Koukl