Meditation on Christ’s Bounties Towards Us (Calvin)

“Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found
in this same Jesus Christ alone.

For, he was sold, to buy us back;
captive, to deliver us;
condemned, to absolve us;

he was made a curse for our blessing,
sin offering for our righteousness;
marred that we may be made fair;

he died for our life;

so that by him
fury is made gentle,
wrath appeased,
darkness turned into light,
fear reassured,
despisal despised,

debt canceled,
labor lightened,
sadness made merry,
misfortune made fortunate,
difficulty easy,
disorder ordered,

division united,
ignominy ennobled,
rebellion subjected,
intimidation intimidated,

ambush uncovered,
assaults assailed,
force forced back,
combat combated,
war warred against,

vengeance avenged,
torment tormented,
damnation damned,
the abyss sunk into the abyss,
hell transfixed,
death dead,
mortality made immortal.

In short,
mercy has swallowed up all misery,
and goodness all misfortune.

 

I read this today and it draws me to prayer, meditation, and rejoicing in Christ’s bounties towards us.  Have a peaceful sabbath of worship and rest.

 

 

(HT: Matthew Sims, Justin Taylor)

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Author: TulipGirl

Alexandra K. Bush. Six kids. INFP. Reformed & covenantal. Liberty & justice for all. Speaker. Author. Current project: Helping parents connect with teens.

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