How astonishing…

How astonishing is all of this!
(Jonathan Edwards)

How astonishing it is, that One who is forever blessed and is infinitely and essentially happy–should endure the greatest sufferings that ever were endured!

How astonishing it is, that One who is the supreme Lord and Judge of the world–should be arraigned and stand at the judgment seat of mortal worms, and then be condemned!

How astonishing it is, that One who is the living God and the fountain of all life–should be put to death!

How astonishing it is, that One who created the world and gives life to all His creatures–should be put to death by His own creatures!

How astonishing it is, that One of infinite majesty and glory, and so the object of the love, praises and adoration of angels–should be mocked and spit upon by the vilest of men!

How astonishing it is, that One who is infinitely good and who is love itself–should suffer the greatest cruelty!

How astonishing it is, that One who is infinitely beloved by the Father–should be put to inexpressible anguish under His own Father’s wrath!

How astonishing it is, that One who is the King of Heaven, who has Heaven for His throne and earth for His footstools–should be buried in the dungeon of the grave!

How astonishing is all of this!

And yet this is the way that God’s wisdom has fixed upon as the way of sinners’ salvation, as neither unsuitable nor dishonorable to Christ.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us–that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

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