“Here [in the suffering and death of Christ] we see the horrid and hateful evil of sin, which no other sacrifice could expiate but the blood of the Son of God. As the power of a disease is known by the strength of the treatment need to cure it, and the value of a good by the money needed to buy it, so it is here. The sufferings and death of Christ express the evil of sin far above the most severe judgments that any creature ever endured. The dying groans of our blessed Redeemer display the horrid nature of sin, and declare how hateful it is in the sight of an infinitely pure and holy God.
How much evil there must be in sin for Christ to have to groan and bleed to death to take it away. It is strange to imagine how rational humans would dare to commit such evil, so freely and openly, and for trifles and illusory things, of no lasting value. If God did not spare his own Son [who was pure and holy as our Substitute], how will sinners escape, who are deeply and universally defiled? Can they bear for ever, what was intolerable for Christ to bear for a few hours, who had all the strength of the Deity to support him? O what incredible madness it is for men to drink iniquity like water, as if it is a harmless thing, when it is poison so dangerous and deadly, and the least drop brings ruin. Continue reading