What Christ Took Up

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53.4)

For eternity, Christ had experienced only his Father’s love, delight, joy, pleasure and fellowship. But he freely took up weakness, hunger, sorrow, rejection, sin, agony and God’s wrath. Why? To bring poor sinners to God.

photo by HORIZON

Unforgettable

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49.16)

Christ can never forget his redeemed, for he’s engraved us on his palms.  And every time he sees the nail marks in his glorified hands, he thinks of us, the ones he stretched out his arms on the cross to save.

photo by Donna Cymek

The Great Exchange

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Blazing in holiness by nature, perfect in obedience. Made to be all our sin. My sin. Every vile lust, hateful thought, complaining word, laid upon Christ. Heaped upon him by the one who loved him most. Why? For our sake. Christ crushed by sin, we’re wrapped in righteousness. The gospel.

The Weaker The Better

We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us (2 CO 4.7).

God is glorified amid human frailty.  When Christ was crucified in weakness, God unleashed redemption on multitudes.  The weaker you are, the better for God to display the gospel’s power through you.

photo by matt.hintsa

As Far As East Is From West

“…as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

God removes our sins an infinite distance. Forgotten by God. Expelled by blood. Our guilt followed our sins and no longer follows us. The chasm that was once between us and God, now between us and sin. Yesterday’s sin of anger? Totally gone. Nothing left to keep me from God.