Posted by: the watchmen | November 23, 2008

Finished Indeed!________Oswald Chambers.

The Death of Jesus Christ is the performance in history of the very
Mind of God. There is no room for looking on Jesus Christ as a
martyr; His death was not something that happened to Him which might
have been prevented: His death was the very reason why He came.

Never build your preaching of forgiveness on the fact that God is our
Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. It is untrue to
Jesus Christ’s revelation of God; it makes the Cross unnecessary, and
the Redemption “much ado about nothing.” If God does forgive sin, it
is because of the Death of Christ. God could forgive men in no other
way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted to be Saviour
because of His death. “We see Jesus because of the suffering of
death, crowned with glory and honour.” The greatest note of triumph
that ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded
on the Cross of Christ – “It is finished.” That is the last word in
the Redemption of man.

Anything that belittles or obliterates the holiness of God by a false
view of the love of God, is untrue to the revelation of God given by
Jesus Christ. Never allow the thought that Jesus Christ stands with
us against God out of pity and compassion; that He became a curse for
us out of sympathy with us. Jesus Christ became a curse for us by the
Divine decree. Our portion of realizing the terrific meaning of the
curse is conviction of sin, the gift of shame and penitence is given
us – this is the great mercy of God. Jesus Christ hates the wrong in
man, and Calvary is the estimate of His hatred.

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