85. What does the thought of our Redeemer being crucified tell me?
I must recognise:
- how greatly corrupted by sin I am, that I cannot be healed by any other means;
- how strictly our holy God judges sin; and
- how dearly the Father loves me, a sinful person, through the Son.
- But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
- So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. (Isaiah 6:5)
- All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:66)
- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
- Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. (John 13:1)