Saturday, October 10, 2009

Unburdened


And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

"Here is a beautiful antithesis. In ourselves we are scattered, in Christ we are gathered together. By nature we go astray and are driven headlong to destruction, in Christ we find the path that leads us to the gate of salvation. Our sins overwhelm us, but they are laid on Christ by whom we are unburdened. Therefore, when we were perishing and, alienated from God, were hastening to hell, Christ took upon himself the filthy depths of our sins, to rescue us from eternal destruction."

John Calvin, Sermons on Isaiah's Prophecy of the Death and Passion of Christ, pages 66-67.