(“Every Day!” , 1872)
“He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities.
The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Dwell, my soul, with wonder and adoration on the glorious grace of your great Substitute. Perfectly pure and innocent—He took the place of the guilty, and paid the penalty of the broken law! To redeem us from its curse—He was made a curse for us! In the foresight of all He would have to endure as the Substitute of transgressors—He came willingly from the throne of His glory, and “took upon Him the form of a servant, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross!”
With what clearness is the great truth of the substitution of Christ stated in the Word of God:
“Christ died for the ungodly!”
“He was delivered for our offences.”
“He gave Himself for our sins.”
“He has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust.”
“Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree.”
The guilt of all who believe in Christ was imputed to Him—and His perfect obedience is imputed to them. God “made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Dwell, my soul, upon the grace of the precious Savior. Drop your sounding line into this depth of redeeming love—but you will find no bottom! No! not while you live here, or dwell in the realms of glory—for the love of Christ surpasses knowledge!
“May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should—how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ—though it is too great to understand fully!” Ephesians 3:18-19