Easter Meditations: “The Divine Dilemma” (part 2)

Romans 3

21But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Christ Our Mediator

“What an impossible predicament! A holy God can respond only in furious wrath to sin; how much more so when the sin is persistent, intrinsic evil! How could He ever forgive, pardon, save, and be reconciled with those who are entrenched and enslaved in such blatant hostility toward Him?” (p. 34)

From Christ Our Mediator, by C.J. Mahaney, Multnomah, 2004.

Alas! And did My Savior Bleed?

By Isaac Watts, 1707

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
and did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
for such an one as I?

Was it for sins that I had done
he groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
and shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker, died,
For man, the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my shamed face
while his dear Cross appears,
dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
and melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
the debt of love I owe:
here, Lord, I give myself to thee;
‘Tis all that I can do.

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