Bought by the Blood

April 10, 2009

The Wonderful Cross

Filed under: cross,God's love,Isaiah,John,Redemption,Wrath of God — cubsfan1980 @ 12:52 pm
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Leeland Ryken calls the gospel of John a cosmic Gospel, meaning that this gospel portrays Jesus as the answer to the universal human longing.  As I was reading the passion narrative in all four gospels, I noticed one distinct way that John’s gospel stands out as a cosmic gospel than the other gospels.  In the three synoptic gospels they recount Simon helping Jesus to carry the cross, but in John 19.  John is not denying Simon helping Jesus carry the cross, but John sees the ultimate reality of the cross that Jesus is crying.  John sees that Jesus’ ultimate cross is not the torture and suffering of the worst death that mankind has ever known.  The cross that Jesus is bearing the impending wrath of God and having his holiness tainted as He takes on our sin so that we can have his righteousness.  More important than the two pieces of Jesus wood that Jesus is carrying, He is bearing our griefs and sorrows.  The pain He suffers on the cross is nothing compared to being smitting and afflicted by God.

Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  “He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”  This truly is good news, the purchase of my redemption that could only be done by amazing and divine love; this demands my life, my soul, my all.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride

See from his head, his hands, his feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown

O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
Bids me come and die and find that I may truly live
O the wonderful cross, O the wonderful cross
All who gather here by grace draw near and bless
Your name

Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine
Demands my soul, my life, my all by – Isaac Watts


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