Posted: 28 Jan 2011
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:25.
Obeying, suffering, and rising as the Representative, the Surety, the Head of His Church, may we not say, that what He did was not so much His own act, as that of the Church in Him? He obeyed not for Himself, nor for Himself did He die and rise again, but for His body, the Church. His resurrection, therefore, was as much His Churchs entire release, discharge, and justification, as it was His own. Then was the glorious sentence of acquittal passed, then transpired the great act of justification. The emerging of the Redeemer from the grave was the emerging of the redeemed from all condemnation. His release from the cold grasp of the destroyer was their release from the iron hand of the law. He was taken from prison and from judgment, and as He passed out of the court of Gods justice, and from the prison-house of death, the Church, purchased with His blood, passed out with Him, legally and fully discharged, exclaiming, as the last barrier yielded and the last fetter broke, Who is he that condemns? It is Christ who died; yes, rather, who has risen again! Precious Redeemer! what surpassing glory beams forth from your emptied sepulcher!