For the Joy Set Before Him: Day Four

My heart is swayed, and I embrace the beauty and bounty of Christ as my treasure. And there flows into my heart this great reality—the love of Christ for me. So I say with those early witnesses, “He loved me and gave himself for me.”

And what do I mean? I mean that he paid the highest price possible to give me the greatest gift possible. And what is that? It is the gift he prayed for at the end of his life: “Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory” (John 17:24). In his suffering and death “we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). We have seen enough to capture us for his cause. But the best is yet to come. He died to secure this for us. That is the love of Christ. (John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, pg. 31)

O Divine Redeemer,

Great was thy goodness
in undertaking my redemption,
in consenting to be made sin for me,
in conquering all my foes;

Great was thy strength
in enduring the extremities of divine wrath,
in taking away the load of my iniquities;

Great was thy love,
in manifesting thyself alive,
in showing thy sacred wounds,
that every fear might vanish,
and every doubt be removed.
(Valley of Vision, pg. 98)



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