In Our Place

“When communion with God had been one’s oxygen, ones meat and drink, throughout one’s whole life, without a single moment of interruption by sin-to suddenly bear the unspeakable weight of all our sins? Who could survive that? To lose that depth of communion was to die. The great love at the heart of the universe was being rent in two. The world’s light was going out.” [i]

Jesus came to humbly take our place, to let His heart be rent so our hearts could be made whole. He held out his hand to the rejected, unholy, and unloved. He sat down in the leper’s place of exclusion and cried “unclean” in his place (Lev. 13: 45). He left heaven to clothe himself with our sin so we may be clothed with his righteousness. The king of Love was forsaken so that the gate of heaven may be opened to us, that we may live in the warmth of love forever.

Christ’s blood replaces every jot of the law. The books of Leviticus of Numbers no longer binds us to the law, but reveals more of his heart. The law alone strikes hopelessness into our hearts; the law in light of the cross fills our hearts with wonder. We can look at the law and rejoice, for Christ is our plea. For that, I am thankful beyond words.

“For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly”

Psalm 138:6

[i] Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly

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