“God is both just and loving. Therefore, his love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.” -John Piper
I have barely scratched the surface of the implications of the Gospel of Christ.
Compared to what there is to know–I know next to nothing. The more I learn about the Gospel, the more I realize how much more there is to learn.
The Gospel lays bare my greatest need and then supplies that need. The Gospel asks my greatest questions, and then answers them.
At Calvary, I experience the crushing weight of my sin against God, and at the same time, the weight is lifted; I am set free.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deut. 6:5)
I have loved others more than God. I have loved things more than God. I have loved myself more than God. Like Peter, I have denied Him. Like His disciples, I have slept while He prayed. Like His tormentors, I have played my part in the murder of God.
Apart from the Gospel, my sin looms, my failures abound and the chasm separating me from God is impassable. I am left to face the Sovereign Judge of the universe alone. The soul that sins shall surely die, the Bible says. The wages of sin is death.
But who can fulfill God’s demands? No human being but one has ever done so.
The God-Man lived it out perfectly. He lived the life that I should have. He died the death that I should have. Jesus both bore the brunt of God’s wrath and exemplified the profundity of God’s mercy. The Gospel neither denies God’s right to justice nor stifles His boundless love. It is the perfect mixture of law and grace. Neither is compromised. Both are vindicated.
…so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Rom. 3:26b)
How amazing is this Gospel? How deep and wide is it? Eternity may begin to plumb its depths.
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel