The Exchange

During last week’s Easter service, my church did a responsive reading based on excerpts from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. It gave a wonderful picture of how Christ took the consequences of our sin and gave us undeserved blessing in exchange. Here’s the original section that our responsive reading was based on, from a chapter called “Love Lustres at Calvary.”

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
  cast off that I might be brought in,
  trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
  surrendered to hell's worst that I might attain heaven's best,
  stripped that I might be clothed,
  wounded that I might be healed,
  athirst that I might drink,
  tormented that I might be comforted,
  made a shame that I might inherit glory,
  entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
  groaned that I might have endless song,
  endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
  bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
  bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
  experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
  closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
  expired that I might for ever live.
O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.

– Puritan prayer, from The Valley of Vision

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Denise DiSarro View posts by Denise DiSarro

I am a staff member with Cru, a caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. I work at Cru’s Indianapolis Office as a communication coach, writer/editor, video editor, and conference administrator.

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