being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Phil.
“counted it not a thing to be grasped to be equal with God.” Because
divinity alone could be efficacious in the restoration of man from the poisonous
bruise of the serpent, God Himself, in His only begotten Son, assumed human
nature, and in the weakness of human nature sustained the character of God,
vindicated His holy law in every particular, and accepted the sentence of
wrath and death for the sons of men. What a thought is this! He who was one
with the Father before the world was made had such compassion for a world
lost and ruined by transgression that He gave His life a ransom for it. He
who was the brightness of the Father’s glory, the express image of His
person, bore our sins in His own body on the tree, suffering the penalty of
man’s transgression until justice was satisfied and required no more.
How great is the redemption that has been worked out for us! So great that
the Son of God died the cruel death of the cross to bring to us life and immortality
through faith in Him.
problem—how God could be just and yet the justifier of sinners—is
beyond human ken. As we attempt to fathom it, it broadens and deepens beyond
our comprehension. When we look with the eye of faith upon the cross of Calvary,
and see our sins laid upon the victim hanging in weakness and ignominy there—when
we grasp the fact that this is God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of
Peace—we are led to exclaim, “Behold, what manner of love the
Father hath bestowed upon us” (1 John 3:1)! . . .
can measure the exalted character of the Lord of hosts, and distinguish between
the eternal God and finite humanity, he will know how great has been the sacrifice
of Heaven to bring man from where he has fallen through disobedience to become
part of the family of God. . . . The divinity of Christ is our assurance of
eternal life. . . . He, the Sin Bearer of the world, is our only medium of
reconciliation with a holy God.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 116, 117.