This is How

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He paid for our sin–
even this, our most
hideous sin of all–
Obediently!

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He took the cup–
even this, God’s wrath
reserved for us–
Willingly!

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He bore the stripes–
even these, our own
infidelities–
Faithfully!

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He cried, “My God!”
even there, in our stead,
so we’ll not die–
Forsaken!

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He fulfilled the law–
even now, magnified
and glorified–
Completely!

This, then, is Jesus,
whom they crucified,
and this is how
He rose again to live–
even here, in the hearts
that turn and live–
Glorified!

Petra O. Hefner

Scripture

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