Vicarious

We have not had a very restful Holy Week this year. Sickness abounds in our kids lately. For the moment everyone is well so I wanted to pop in and wish you all a happy celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection this weekend.

…we must not be content with a vague general belief that Christ’s sufferings on the cross were vicarious.  We are intended to see this truth in every part of his passion.  We may follow him all through, from the bar of Pilate to the minute of his death, and see him at every step as our mighty substitute, our representative, our head, our surety, our proxy — the divine friend who undertook to stand in our place and, by the priceless merit of his suffering, to purchase our redemption.  Was he flogged?  It was done so that “by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).  Was he condemned, though innocent?  It was done so that we might be acquitted, though guilty.  Did he wear a crown of thorns?  It was done so that we might wear the crown of glory.  Was he stripped of his clothes?  It was done so that we might be clothed in everlasting righteousness.  Was he mocked and reviled?  It was done so that we might be honored and blessed.  Was he reckoned a criminal, and counted among those who have done wrong?  It was done so that we might be reckoned innocent, and declared free from all sin.  Was he declared unable to save himself?  It was so that he might be able to save others to the uttermost.  Did he die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful death?  It was done so that we might live forevermore, and be exalted to the highest glory.

Let us ponder these things well:  they are worth remembering.  The very key to peace is a right apprehension of the vicarious sufferings of Christ.

-JC Ryle

3 thoughts on “Vicarious

  1. I was thinking of you recently – we've had strepp here – for the first time! Jesse's didn't respond to his antibiotics, so they put him on chephlyx(sp?)and it worked for the strepp but yesterday began an allergic reaction that brought us into the ER very early this morning. He's still covered in hives – says his tummy looks like colby-jack cheese 🙂 Sorry to hear that you guys have been unwell again. I will pray for you all as well – sickness in large families can be challenging.

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