“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

God gave His Son

“He was numbered with the transgressors.” Jesus came here to do more than preach and teach and heal. He came—He was sent—as an enemy into our territory, to become one of us. He threw in His chips in our race. He included Himself in our kind. He was made of no reputation among heaven as He took the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.

It can be said He is one of us. Us, the lowest and meanest, the most degraded of all creations. Earth, rebellion central, is His new homeland. He is a citizen of planet Earth. As Paul was a Roman by birth, yet the greatest of apostles, so is Christ human by birth, yet the holy Son of God. Such paradoxes cannot be superseded.

Who numbered Him with transgressors? Himself? No. Someone else counted Him one of us. God did. Yes, the God who cast Adam and Eve from their paradise home, who destroyed the world by flood, who cast down brimstone onto Sodom and Gomorrah, who had King Saul execute every Amalekite man, woman, and child. Yes, this God will do more. He will preside over damnation on Judgment Day.

Yes, it was that God who sent His Son to be numbered with transgressors. He was so inclusive that He couldn’t enjoy heaven without us. To be numbered with transgressors allowed the Father to pour all His anger at sin on His Son, who was considered one of us. In dumping His hot displeasure at sin on His Son, He could then be justified in justifying those who His Son couldn’t live without and who couldn’t live without His Son.

God has more than proven His love for every member of the human family. Everyone may make use of the provision to escape Judgment Day. Certain it is that Christ’s sacrifice was good for all. Oh the waste to not take full advantage of what Jesus has done.

“He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Is. 53:12).


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