Monday, April 25, 2011

The Way of the Cross (41)

The very last in this Lenten series, The Way of the Cross, and a bonus one, because it's a brilliant reminder of what has happened to our sins through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Throughout, we've been seeing how the Old Testament prepares the way for the Lord's passion and death, the whole of the Old Testament is the road to the cross. Having reached the end of the road, can we be sure that our sins are gone?

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
(Micah 7:18-20)

In the best sense of the phrase, and towards his chosen people, love wins. Our sins are gone - thrown into the sea. As one preacher remarked, they're in the sea, and God has set up a 'no fishing' sign.

For God's covenant people, there is the unending promise of faithfulness, steadfastness, love, compassion and forgiveness of sins. And it was all achieved through the precious death of our Lord Jesus Christ, who willing laid down his life for us, giving himself in service to save the unlovely.

As we conclude this series, we can be confident that the cross was no accident; that it reflected the eternal purpose and plan of the Trinity, to save a people for Jesus, who will praise him through all eternity.

To him be the glory and the praise, both now and ever. Amen!

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