CATASTROPHIC FRIDAY: For My Good and His Glory

There’s a lot hidden behind that benign codger smile in my Facebook mugshot. If you’re standing near me on judgment day when all is revealed, you’ll know what God has known all along.  I was such an incorrigible rebel God sent his Son to ransom me from eternity in hell. Jesus said, “God so loved the world…” and He proved just how and how much by paying my ransom—the atonement price. It was catastrophic. Two thousand years ago today the Son of God, his body shredded to a bloody pulp by the executioner’s whip, was hung naked from nails on a cross, fighting for every dying breath. God so hates sin that in His wrath He killed His sinless Son to execute His perfect justice for my sin? God so loved a wretch like me that His Son voluntarily died the death due me? Sometimes it causes me to tremble …  Then, in due time He gave me the gift of faith to repent and believe it all (Eph. 2:8-9) as an adopted child of the living God, and inherit an eternal life of unimaginable bliss with Him? My salvation is His sovereign act from first to last. What manner of love is this…?  “Mysterium Tremendum”—the tremendous, tremor-inducing, awe-inspiring mystery (R. C. Sproul). I would have to be a raving lunatic to forsake the shadow of the cross. It is the only sanctuary from the wrath to come. Here I stand…dumbstruck in gratitude. He reigns. 

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

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