Grace from God is an amazing thing. We don’t
give grace like God gives infinite grace. He and His Son went to the nth degree to provide for
every sin, Their forgiveness toward sinners, and for assurance to us of that forgiveness. It was infinite condemnation and infinite mercy that met together at
Gethsemane and Golgotha. Knowing the care and love His Son had for the human
race, God knew He could unload more than He needed to cover for the pardon of
this world’s sins. Infinite wrath against our transgressions forced the infinite surety from Jesus; infinite condemnation amplified Jesus’ already eternally desperate need to keep us. God was driving the provisions for our redemption; and the infinitely
close tie that the Son had with His Father was more than able to drink all the
bitter cup of His substitution for us in damnation. He was the great red
heifer, bloated and bloody all over before He left the garden. And God was
suffering in His Son’s waves of infinite agony in our damnation, and thus God was reconciling the world to Himself through His Son. Jesus, the Mother of all
living, died in hard labor, for joy that many sons would come into the new world of faith and eternal life.
Because of all that, if we are broken with
Jesus’ broken spirit, soul, and body, then the Father immediately sees us as He
sees His dear Son. Our union with His Son changes the Father’s disposition
toward us. God was doing to His Son the only thing that could change His own
disposition. Nothing less than the infinite loss of the Father’s own Son in the Son’s infinite
destruction by the cross related providences from the Father and by His lightning rod spiritual
warfare upon His beloved Son could move the immutable will of God toward fallen
man. And the Son, knowing this, was more than willing to take the risk of
eternal loss, and go through with the spiritual trauma of death in His child birth. As
it is written of Jesus,
about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear
not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it
they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath:
and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her,
Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called
his name Benoni [“son of my sorrow”]: but his father called him Benjamin [“son
of my right hand”].
Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem (Gen. 35:16-19).
To Jesus, whose vision of a
redeemed race was fading as His physical strength and consciousness faded, we were the
children of His sorrow. But, to the Father we were the new children of His
infinite favor in His Son’s magnificent sacrifice of self. He can never forget what His Son did to save us and to make Him able to justly change His disposition toward a rebellious world. We were born again in Bethlehem from the self-sacrificing Mother
of all living by His hard labor
until death overtook His sympathies and loving care for us in His second Bethlehem of Ephratah [“fruitful”]. “Of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born
in her: and the Highest Himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when
He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” (Ps. 87:5,6). And
our witness to the world will be the same, “I will make mention of Rahab and
Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man
was born there.” (Vs. 4).
Now, as Jesus in life had
never done anything wrong and in death only loved us to the very end, God sees
us in the identically same light as He sees His Son who perfectly demonstrated to the universe their Father’s infinite self-sacrifice. He sees us dying in
surrender under His scourging condemnation of our sins; He sees us, like His Son, never having done
any wrong. When He justifies us, we have done no wrong. Deuteronomy 25:1 says that
a judge can only justify the righteous, and can never justify the wicked. For
God to justify you upon your surrender to His Law and your repentance before the
crucifixion of His Son, you must have been righteous and not wicked. When God
accounted your surrender and repentance as faith and righteousness, then He could declare you righteous. Your surrender before the Law’s demands of righteousness and your repentance before the cross’s demands of mercy met the conditions for your
justification. No one can be justified who was not righteous, and God accounted you
righteous. He cannot justify anyone who is wicked. So, when He forgave you, He
looked at His Son, and simultaneously at your contrite heart seeking His acceptance, and
God saw in you a son who is as perfect as His only Begotten. Your union with
His Beloved changed God’s disposition toward your wretched past. You have attached
yourself to His Son, and God knows you are in the best hands, because He made
His Son the perfect Mediator when He challenged His Son’s love for you to the nth
who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?
who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.
Amen (Rom. 11:34-36).