But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
Do I Want Jesus to Be Infinitely Shamed?
No. And yes.
First, no. Jesus deserves glory, not shame. He is worthy of all praise and no contempt. The source of all grace deserves no disgrace. The preeminent one deserves no dishonor. No reproach befits the infinitely meritorious Son of God. So no, I do not want Jesus to be infinitely shamed.
But yes. If he doesn’t bear the ignominious punishment of my sin—if my sin is marked against me and not another—I am still in my sin and am of all people most to be pitied.
In order for me to be rescued from my sin, someone must bear the punishment that my sin deserves, and it deserves infinite shame. So yes, I want Jesus to be infinitely shamed so that he can be seen to be infinitely glorious by rescuing me from my sin.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.