They Delivered Him Away To Be Crucified, And Thus GOD Delivered Me

I read from John 19 this morning.  My reading ended here:

15  They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

A familiar passage, filled with the deep and glorious reality of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for me, and all those who would repent and believe.  J.I. Packer delves into it for us:

Christ’s atoning death ratified the inauguration of the new covenant, in which access to God under all circumstances is guaranteed by Christ’s one sacrifice that covers all transgressions (Matt. 26:27-28; 1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 9:15; 10:12-18). Those who through faith in Christ have ‘received reconciliation’ (Rom. 5:11) ‘in him . . . become the righteousness of God’ (2 Cor. 5:21). In other words, they are justified and receive the status of adopted children in God’s family (Gal 4:5). Thereafter they live under the motivating constraint and control of the love of Christ for them as made known and measured by the cross (2 Cor. 5:14).         – J. I. Packer, “Sacrifice: Jesus Christ Made Atonement for Sin”   (HT: Of First Importance)

In this we see the glory of Christ.  What a wonderful truth to carry throughout this day, birthing worship and rejoicing for our King!

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