See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
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.