I’m reading In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement as part of my Easter meditation. It is a collection of articles by J. I. Packer and Mark Dever defending the substitutionary nature of Christ’s cross-work.
Here’s a nugget for you to ponder and exult in as you prepare for corporate worship tomorrow:
The word “penal” . . . is there, not to prompt theoretical puzzlement about the transferring of guilt, but to articulate the insight of believers who, as they look at Calvary in the light of the New Testament, are constrained to say, “Jesus was bearing the judgment I deserved (and deserve), the penalty for my sins, the punishment due to me”–“he loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). How it was possible for him to bear their penalty they do not claim to know, any more than they know how it was possible for him to be made man; but that he bore it is the certainty on which all their hopes rest (84).
May God give us grace to continue resting our hopes on the completed work of his Son!