The master plan for our redemption was in the heart of God from the beginning of time in the Garden of Eden. The Old Testament points to the story of Jesus. This plan reached fulfillment through ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the wondrous cross.
The grand conclusion of Holy Week was the Resurrection.
Jesus knew his purpose and mission. He faced the suffering that was before him and followed through with the task of being the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51b
No turning back from the path to the cross.
“I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting,
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced.
Therefore, I have set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:6-7
Jesus, the man of sorrows, took on our sin so that we could be in relationship with God.
No turning back from the master plan of redemption.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed. He did not turn away from the path of suffering for our redemption.
Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
Imagine the face of Jesus looking at you as he carried the cross on the Via Dolorosa, and as he’s nailed to the wood on Calvary’s hill.
Look into His eyes to see the love of God.
Sorrow and love flow mingled down from the heart of God.
No turning back, because of love.
The hymn When I Survey the Wondrous Cross expresses the love and power of the cross.
The third verse beautifully portrays the culmination of Jesus’ sacrifice—”sorrow and love flow mingled down.”
The fourth stanza requests a response—”love so amazing, love so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.”
Reflect on the lyrics of “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
The amazing, divine love reaches through time for us today.
May we grasp with wonder the redemption plan that brought us back into relationship with God.