Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Good Friday brings to my mind many thoughts and emotions that are hard to articulate. There are twinges of grief and sadness mixed with a solemn gratitude and joy for Christ’s work on the cross accomplished for me. There are thoughts of awe and amazement at the suffering Jesus went through before and during his crucifixion. The major thought that I can never fully wrap my mind around, and where my mind has been drawn this year is the pain, anguish, and torment that Christ went through while taking on God’s wrath while on the cross.

The flogging, mocking, and physical torture Christ went through at the hands of the Jews and Romans was excruciating and showed his absolute love for his chosen ones. But it pales in comparison to the indescribable anguish he experienced in having the wrath of God poured out on him, being made sin for us so that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took on our sin and faced the just wrath of God so that we might be counted righteous in God’s sight. Even the worst physical punishments inflicted by human hands pale in comparison to having the sins of all His elect imputed to Christ and satisfying the Father’s wrath. It truly has been “finished.” I find myself struggling to convey the correct or sufficient gratitude for such an act. In the words of the old hymn:

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

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