Sunday, May 01, 2011


"If it were not for the death of Jesus in our place, the only possible joy would be the joy of delusion- like the joy on the Titanic just before it hit the iceberg....If passengers were suddenly made aware that in a matter of hours most of them would drown in the icy ocean, all their merrymaking would cease. Their joy depends on their ignorance. However, if the passengers knew that the ocean liner would sink, but that a great armada of utterly dependable ships and sailors was already on the way and would arrive and save everyone who followed their instructions, something very different would happen.  To be sure, the lighthearted merrymaking would cease, and a great seriousness would spread over the Titanic; but there would be a different kind of joy- a deep sense of gratitude for the rescuers, and a deep sense of hope that, though much would be lost, life would be saved....Jesus Christ came into the world as the divine Son of God in order to die for our sins and rescue us from the wrath of God, the burden of guilt, the condemnation of justice, the bondage of sin, the torment of hell, and the loss of all that is good- especially the loss of God....The iceberg just ahead is NO HAPPINESS FOREVER, only misery."  -J. Piper, When I Don't Desire God
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us- for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.' " (Galatians 3:13)
"Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God."  (I Peter 3:18)

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