Listen to the words of Psalm 19:12-13:
Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
In this plea from David is a cry for the cross. It is a cry, as he says, to be declared innocent of sin. He understands that without a Savior, he has no hope of redemption. No amount of Law keeping will save him from these sins which he continues to commit.
But God had a plan for salvation, a plan that was hatched before the very dawn of time. That plan was carried out on the cross, where the Father was pleased to strike down His very own Son on our behalf, so that this cry from David, which should be our own, would be fulfilled. God crushed His innocent Son for the sake of the guilty, so that the guilty might be declared innocent in Christ.
Today, we celebrate this great and terrible act. The greatest tragedy in the history of the world is also the greatest triumph, for in crushing His own Son, God crushed sin and death itself, and we who were once held guilty for our sins, destined to be eternally punished for rebelling against and eternal God, are now declared eternally innocent, destined to be eternally rewarded for that which we did not achieve.
God’s grace is a mystery in plain sight. He showed it to us on the cross, but He alone knows its depths and how much He has truly blessed us in Christ.
Do not forget to celebrate the cross, and remember Sunday’s coming!