He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:5 (Amplified Bible)

A child called to the principal’s office. A past-curfew teenager before his parents. An offender in the presence of the judge. You and me before God.

In these instances grace is not the expected verdict. Because we stand before a God who is full of glory, a majestic king, the ultimate sovereign, we are schooled to expect, at the least, reproach or reprimand. At the most, penalty or punishment. Certainly there will be no glory, no recognition or tribute. But because of Christ on the cross, because “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities, we can experience the ultimate incongruity of both glory and grace.

Poet Charitie Lees Smith Bancroft says it best:

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea,
A great high Priest whose Name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me to depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace.

We are told that there are things that accompany salvation (Hebrews 6:9). The things that accompany salvation are probably innumerable. Here are but a few.

Abundant life  –  John 10:10
Being sanctified – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Christ in us  –  Colossians 1:27
Deliverance from the power of darkness  – Colossians 1:13
Eternal life  – 1 John 5:11
Forgiveness  – 1 John 1:9
God being for us  –  Romans 8:31
Hope  – Acts 24:15
Illumination  –  Hebrews 8:1
Joy and peace  –  Romans 15:13
Knowing the things God has freely given –  1 Corinthians 2:12
Learning Christ  – Ephesians 4:20
Married to Christ  – Romans 7:4
No condemnation  – Romans 8:1
Our names written in Heaven  –  Luke 10:20; Hebrews 12:23
Peace with God  –  Romans 5:1
Qualified to partake of the saints’  inheritance  –  Colossians 1:11-12
Righteousness, peace, and joy –  Romans 14:17
Strength in the inner man  –  Ephesians 3:16; Romans 8:11
Taste of the Lord  –  1 Peter 2:3
Understanding eyes  –  Ephesians 1:18-19
Victory in overcoming the world  –  1 John 5:4-5
Whole armor of God  –  Ephesians 6:11-18
Extra ordinary miracles  –  Acts 19:11
Yearning heart of the Lord  –  Jeremiah 31:20
Zeal for the Lord  –  Roman 12:11

What a joy when our hope is in Christ!

My prayer for you this week

Creator God, thank-you for making the unchanging nature of Your purpose very clear to us by confirming it with an oath. You did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for You to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Thank-you, in Jesus name, Amen.”  Hebrews 6:17-20