Reading through and discussing Worship Matters this week has been a reminder of everything the cross represents and the incredible reaches of God's grace. We have a tendency to think of the cross as the moment Christ died for our sins, which is very true, but we mustn't forget everything else the cross represents simultaneously.
The cross represents everything from the preexistent glory of Jesus, His perfect life and substitutionary death through to His resurrection and the promise of His return.
That is a whole lot of perfect and purpose wrapped up into one symbol but right now I would like to focus on the incredible amount of grace extended by our Father. Here are a couple excerpts from our Worship Matters book.
"In the cross we see the justice of God requiring a perfect payment for sins committed against a perfectly holy God.
We see the holiness of God acting to judge the sin that spoiled his creation by punishing his own son"
Here I must interrupt.
-Even there when it says "spoiled" I imagine rotted fruit. Fruit that has gone bad and that you would never dream of eating with an odor that is nothing short of offensive to your nostrils. I imagine it so vile because even the comparison of one sinner wronging another cannot measure up to that of a sinner rebelling against the only perfect God. The grace of one sinner shown to another cannot compare to the grace it takes for God to forgive us of the very thing that is against His nature: sin.
"We see the mercy of God in providing a substitute or those who should have been condemned.
We see the wisdom of God in providing a glorious solution to an impossible dilemma.
...As David Prior has written, 'We never, therefore, move on from the cross of Christ, only into a more profound understanding of the cross.' "
In a loud voice they sang:
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!
Kauflin remarks, "The hosts of heaven never tire of extolling the Lamb who was slain. Should we?"
I've got to say that I fully agree with this question. I cannot verbally tell the story of the wonder, grace, beauty and love of our God without being moved to tears. And I don't really want to.
This weeks memory verse is found in Psalm 46:1-2
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea