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Here is the arduous task of our Redeemer! Did he fulfill, in jot and tittle, the crucial test? Are we mistaken in believing that he took our place, standing between us and the tempest, as David stood between Israel and his mighty foe? Did he receive in his own person the full force of that storm of wrath due to sin, and shelter us beneath the bleeding cross? Did he divest us of our filthy rags and put over us his robe of righteousness, purer than the stars on high, and take us within his own everlasting arms?

When we review and dwell upon the love and compassion of our precious Redeemer, which led to his deep suffering in body and soul for us; when we remember his humiliation, the contradiction of sinners, the agonies of the cross, the withdrawal of his Father’s presence, we feel in every fiber of our being, that on him was emptied the full and unspeakable curse of God’s violated law. Jesus should be to us the object of eternal praise for his unspeakable mercy in our redemption, for delivering us from the curse of the law, "being made a curse for us." The guilt of man, and the claims of law seemed to close forever the door of salvation to us. The law had proclaimed with trumpet tongue, "The soul that sinneth shall die." It demands perfect and perpetual obedience. Were our obedience perfect the remainder of our days, past sins would be our ruin. There comes no interval of time to spare us from present obligations whereby we may cancel past indebtedness. And not only does time fail, but the law requires righteousness of character to begin with. There can be no righteous act except from him who is righteous.

It is impossible for a man, condemned by law, to satisfy, or be justified by that law. Enduring the penalty may satisfy the statute, but cannot remove the guilt. There is no method among men whereby a guilty man can be made innocent. "Though thou wash thee with nitre and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God." Sins against an infinite, holy, and pure being, call for an infinite penalty, and this, poor, finite humanity can never render. As the soul grows sick under a knowledge of this truth, how wonderful is the voice of mercy as it cries out in the hall of justice, "Deliver him from going down to the pit: I HAVE FOUND A RANSOM." This ransom is none other than the Shepherd and Stone of Israel---the Lord Jesus Christ. "Born to redeem and strong to save." This is he who cometh, skipping as it were, upon the hills of prophecy, leaping upon the mountains of truth, and his salvation is, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God."

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