Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (I Pe. 2:24)
Jesus suffered and died that man might live a life of righteousness. In power He showed the way, in grace He gives the ability, in gentleness He makes the call. In life and in death, Jesus’ purpose: infinite love, reuniting man and God that man would know endless love, joy, and peace. He took upon Himself the wrath of God under the heavy load of the cross that man might live forever with Him in glory. He became prisoner of man that man could live free. He was treated as if He had been a sinner in order that the sinner might be treated as if he had not sinned. Just as there can be no groom without a bride, so it takes Jesus’ spilled blood at Calvary united in the heart of man. When the two come together, the Christian finds himself accepted in the beloved, the object of divine delight, able to live a new life, a blessed life, a peaceful life. A consecrated, righteous, faithful life is possible for all things are possible to him who believes (Mk. 9:23).
Whether we are filled with hope and a lively spirit or despondent and groveling in the mire of fleshly lusts and sins, we can look to the cross and know by faith that Jesus’ blood has pardoned us, given us life, and made us righteous in the Father’s eyes, heirs to His eternal Kingdom where despair and sorrow have no place. One day all sin and pain and sorrow will be left behind us and we will know only His amazing love as we walk the streets of gold illuminated by the glory of God (Rev. 21:23).
Christian, you have been judged righteous by the Divine Judge. Are you in sin’s sinking sand? When you look to your Heavenly Father, you need never despair of His lovingkindness toward you. He wants to lead you to victory and conform you to His image. Won’t you rely on His unfailing goodness this day? Look to Him, the One Who loves beyond all others. Faith in the crucified Savior will lift you out of the sickness of sin and into the health of righteousness where you can live a righteous life, a holy life in Him, through Him, and for Him. Let the truth of these words penetrate into the depths of your soul today as you think on these words: “Amazing love! How can it be, That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”