One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. [For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.]
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 Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.