As we come off of one of the highlights of the Christian’s year…let’s not forget what Jesus did on the Cross and in His Resurrection. This morning I read the following words from John Owen’s book The Glory of Christ,
“That intimate conjunction that is between Christ and the Church; whence it is just and equal in the sight of God, according to the rules of His eternal righteousness, that what He did and suffered in the discharge of His office should be esteemed, reckoned, and imputed to us, as to all the fruits and benefits of it, as if we had done and suffered the same things ourselves. For this conjunction of His with us was an acts of His own mind and will, wherein He is ineffably glorious.” (from Kindle, but it is second paragraph of chapter 9.)
Now that is a mouthful and it is typical of John Owen’s writing, but what he is saying is this…he is saying that what Jesus suffered on the Cross is applied to us. It is “esteemed, reckoned, and imputed to us,” and though faith, we get all of the benefits of His sacrifice. In fact it is so credited to us that in God’s eyes it is as if we were the ones who suffered! That’s the love, that is the grace, and that is the mercy of our great God and we should fall to our faces and worship Him!