Reflections on Christ
We have a window in our kitchen that faces East. As the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the rays of sunshine pass through the window, falling upon many little prisms that are attached by thread to the curtain that overhangs the window. This morning, as I walked past the window, I once again appreciated that as light passed through the prism, brilliant colors of the rainbow appeared. This phenomenon is known as refraction. If it wasn’t for the prism, I would never have been able to enjoy the brilliant spectrum of vibrant colors contained in a single ray of light. This experience, while quite ordinary, afforded me a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the rather extraordinary work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Upon the cross of Calvary, when the ground shook and darkness fell upon the face of the earth for a period of three hours, the greatest substitutionary act in history occurred as the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, became the terminal of God’s wrath in order to be the conduit of His love for us. The character of God could not have been better displayed than at the cross. The spectrum of God’s attributes at once become evident and could be particularly examined as His judgment fell upon Christ like the light through our prism was refracted to reveal such beautiful colors.
On one end of the spectrum, God is the just Judge; He is the perfection of holiness, for God is light and in Him is no darkness at all; He is of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on iniquity (I John 1:5, Habakkuk 1:13). On the other end of the spectrum, God is full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth (Psalm 86:15). Only in God could can we find such a perfectly harmonious paradox! The very same God of justice and judgment who cannot even bear to look at sin, declaring to us the wages of sin is death, sent His only Son to actually become sin for us and die in our place (Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:21). How severe is God’s penalty for sin? Look to Christ on the cross. How deep is the love of God for sinners? Look again to the cross, for there the spotless prism refracted the holiest of light giving us the clearest view of God’s perfect attributes.
But Christ did not stay on the cross, the tomb could not contain its captive, and death could not keep its prey. Praise the Lord He was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification, or rather, for the declaration of our justification (Romans 4:25). The resurrection of Christ is proof that His death alone is all-sufficient for the forgiveness of sin. His sacrifice is accepted of God, and we are accepted in Him (Ephesians 1:4).
“Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!”