Who killed Jesus? Who killed him? It wasn't Judas out of greed. It wasn't the Jews out of envy. It was His Father out of love. The Father killed Him. It was the Father who put Him to death.
As soon as we have gone out of Christ, we shall have nothing else than the idols which we have formed, but in Christ, there is nothing but what is divine, and what keeps us in God.
John Calvin on John 14:11
Set faith at work on Christ for the killing of thy sin. His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.
The earthbound, flesh-focused mind cannot please God because it is all about itself. It is self-centered. The unbelieving mind sets itself on the throne and says, "I am God." The unbelieving mind is therefore hostile to the one true God.
And then one babbles — 'if only I could bear it, or the worst of it, or any of it, instead of her.' But one can't tell how serious that bid is, for nothing is staked on it. If it suddenly became a real possibility, then, for the first time, we should discover how seriously we had meant it. But is it ever allowed?
It was allowed to One, we are told, and I find I can now believe again, that He has done vicariously whatever can be done. He replies to our babble, 'you cannot and dare not. I could and dared.'
Do you have a favorite verse? What stands out about it to you? To ask the question a little differently, "Who is that verse about?"
Is that verse about Christ? Or is that verse about you?
When the Scriptures become about us, when we read the Bible as if it's primarily telling our story, we'll find a Gospel that is unfortunately full of us rather than full of Christ. Searching for our soul's deepest needs, we'll instead find a mirror of our own creation.
What we need to be reminded of--what we need to be assured of--is that the Scriptures are not actually about us. As important as the Scriptures are to our daily lives, as important as the salvation they proclaim is to us, the Scriptures are not about us. This is great news!
For example, take the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are written in the first person: "I thought this," "I did this," "My enemies," "My affliction," etc.
When we read that, the temptation is to jump straigh…