Where Justice and Mercy Meet

Pastor Tom Carter told how, a day or two before he was to preach at the Crystal Palace, he went to decide where the pulpit should be placed. To test the acoustics of the building, he shouted with a loud voice, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

A man who knew nothing of what he was doing was working in one of the balconies. He heard the words, and they were like a message from Heaven to him. He was overcome with conviction for his sin, laid down his tools, went home, and surrendered his life to Christ. He later, on his deathbed, told a friend of this incident."1

R. Whitson Seaman said, “It is at the cross where Justice and Mercy meet.”2  

Such words as crux, crucial, and excruciating come from the Latin word for cross, expressing excruciating, terrible pain.3  

In John 10:11, Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

The word “gives” is usually translated “lays down.” “For the sheep” signifies “on their behalf.”  The good Shepherd gave His life freely, and voluntarily, that He might deliver them from death and have eternal life.

The Ethiopic Version reads, “The good Shepherd gives His life for the redemption of the sheep.”4

“Down headlong from their native skies

The rebel angels fell,

And thunderbolts of flaming wrath

Pursued them deep to hell.

Down from the top of earthly bliss

Rebellious man was hurled;

And Jesus stooped beneath the grave

To reach a sinking world.” 5


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  1. Tom Carter, Spurgeon’s Commentary on Great Chapters of the Bible, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 49501, Copyright 1998, p. 193
  2. Christian Clippings, P.O. Box 3867, Holiday,  FL, 34692, February, 2000.
  3. R. C. Sproul, Before the Face of God, Ligonier Ministries, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 49516, Copyright 1993, p. 536
  4. Arthur W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John, Volume Two – John 8 to 15:6, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1945, p. 122
  5. Same source as # 1, p. 23