Sermon Snippets’ is an occasional series, taking bitesize chunks from our Sunday sermons. The following excerpt is adapted from a sermon on Deuteronomy 28, preached by Nigel Styles last Sunday. You can listen to the whole sermon here.
The Lord Jesus was sold, to buy us back;
captive, to deliver us;
condemned, to absolve us.
He was made a sin offering for our righteousness, so that by him fury is made gentle,
darkness turned to light,
sadness made merry,
misfortune made fortunate,
humiliation made noble,
force forced back,
war warred against,
the abyss sunk into the abyss,
mortality made immortal.
In short, he was cursed so we can be blessed.
(adapted from John Calvin’s preface to a 1534 French translation of the New Testament )