This is a week of simultaneous contrasts, of things that could only occupy the same space by an act of God. God's holiness and our sin are completely opposed, only the gracious and sufficient work of Christ has the power to overcome this divide, like the incredible force necessary to fuse opposing electromagnets. "Oh Jesus, Son of God I build on what Thy cross has done for me! There both my life and death I read, my guilt and pardon there I see."
Here we encounter God in all His splendor, glorified for both in His holiness & power ("Who can teach the one who knows all things?" "Kings and nations tremble at His voice, all creation rises to rejoice!") and also the power of His grace ("Who has felt the nails upon his hand, Bearing all the guilt of sinful man, God eternal humbled to the grave, Jesus Savior risen now to reign!)
"To see the law by Christ fulfilled, to hear His pardoning voice, can change a slave into a child and duty into choice" We are reminded in this song that "We change because Christ saved us, Christ doesn't save us because we have changed" as Pastor Darin recently reminded us.
"dark is the stain that we cannot hide, what can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, Brighter than snow you may be today!"
Here we continue to contemplate the riches of God's grace, to "Think of the wonder of His grace, and all His triumphs tell"
"He saw me plunged in deep distress, He fled to my relief
For me He bore the shameful cross, And carried all my grief
His hand a thousand blessings pours upon my guilty head
His presence gilds my darkest hours and guards my sleeping bed"
"Oh Jesus, Son of God I build on what Thy cross has done for me! There both my life and death I read, my guilt and pardon there I see!"
This tells the story of redemption, how every step we take in our walk with Christ is made possible only by God's grace, and oh how liberally he applies it in every stage of that walk! Truly a beautiful picture of the gospel arc.