Friday, July 17, 2015

Calvin: the suffering of Christ

Friday, July 17, 2015
    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
    —Mark 15:34 (NIV)
    The Creed sets forth what Christ suffered in the sight of men, and then appositely speaks of that invisible and incomprehensible judgment which he underwent in the sight of God in order that we might know not only that Christ’s body was given as the price of our redemption, but that he paid a greater and more excellent price in suffering in his soul the terrible torments of a condemned and forsaken man.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, II.xvi.11, p. 465 (see the book)
    See also Mark 15:34; Ps. 22:1; Isa. 53:5; Matt. 27:46; Acts 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have suffered for my sake.
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