God's abhorrence of sin Wonderful mystery!

(William Plumer, "Sinners Saved by Unmerited Kindness")

Wonderful mystery! God was manifest in the flesh!

Our Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate, lived, acted,
obeyed, suffered, died and rose again庸or His people.

He came down to earth葉hat they might go up to heaven.

He suffered葉hat they might reign.

He became a servant葉hat they might become kings
and priests unto God.

He died that葉hey might live.

He bore the cross葉hat their enmity might be slain,
and their sins expiated.

He loved them葉hat they might love God.

He was rich and became poor葉hat they, who
were poor, might be made rich.

He descended into the grave葉hat they might
sit in heavenly places.

He emptied Himself葉hat they might be filled
with all the fullness of God.

He took upon Him human nature葉hat they
might be partakers of the divine nature.

He made Himself of no reputation葉hat they might
wear His new name, and obtain eternal excellency.

He became a worm, and no man葉hat they, who were
sinful worms, might be made equal to the angels.

He bore the curse of a broken covenant葉hat they
might partake of all the blessings of the everlasting
covenant, ordered in all things and sure.

Though heir of all things, He was willingly despised
of the people葉hat they, who were justly condemned,
might obtain an inheritance which is incorruptible,
undefiled, and which fades not away.

His death was a satisfaction to divine justice, a ransom
for many, a propitiation for sin, a sweet smelling savor
to God葉hat we, who were an offence to God, might
become His sons and daughters.

He was made sin for His people葉hat they might be
made the righteousness of God in Him.

Though Lord of all, He took the form of a servant葉hat
they, who were the servants of sin, might prevail like
princes with God.

He had no where to lay His head葉hat they who otherwise
must have lain down in eternal sorrow, might reach the
mansions in His Father's house.

He drank the cup of God's indignation葉hat they
might forever drink of the river of his pleasures.

He hungered葉hat they might eat the bread of life.

He thirsted葉hat they might drink the water of life.

He was numbered with the transgressors葉hat they might
stand among the justified, and be counted among His jewels.

Though He existed from everlasting, from the beginning,
before ever the earth was, yet He became a helpless infant
葉hat creatures of yesterday, sentenced to death, might
live forever.

He wore a crown of thorns葉hat all who love His
appearing, might wear a crown of life.

He wept tears of anguish葉hat His elect might
weep tears of godly repentance.

He bore the yoke of obedience unto death葉hat
they might find His yoke easy and His burden light.

He poured out his soul unto death, lay three days in
the heart of the earth, then burst the bars of death,
and arose to God葉hat they, who through fear of
death were all their lifetime subject to bondage,
might obtain the victory over the grave and become
partakers of His resurrection.

He exhausted the penalty of the law葉hat His redeemed
might have access to His inexhaustible treasures of mercy,
wisdom, faithfulness, truth and grace.

He was matchless in grace葉hat they might be matchless
in gratitude.

Though a Son, He became a voluntary exile葉hat they, who had
wickedly wandered afar off, might be brought near by His blood.

His visage was so marred more than any man葉hat His
ransomed ones might be presented before God without
spot, or blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing.

For a time He was forsaken of his Father葉hat they, whom
He bought with His blood, might behold the light of God's
countenance forever.

He came and dwelt with them葉hat they might be forever
with the Lord.

He was hung up naked before His insulting foes葉hat all
who believe on His name, might wear a glorious wedding
garment預 spotless righteousness.

Wonderful mystery! God was manifest in the flesh!
Blessed is he who loves the incarnate mystery, and
rests upon it. It is a mystery . . .
  of love,
  of truth,
  of grace,
  of wisdom,
  of condescension,
  of power,
  of salvation!
It is the great study of the inhabitants of heaven,
and shall be while immortality endures!