Search the streets of Jerusalem; go to the garden of Gethsemane; inquire on the hill of Calvaiy. Who is willing to die for sinners to-day? There is the tree. There is the executioner, with hammer and nails. - Who will offer himself a sacrifice there, for the redemption of man? None but Jesus. None but Jesus was able ; none but Jesus was willing. “Here am I,” said he; “if ye seek me, let these go their way.” And without the gates of Jerusalem, he honored the law, spoiled principalities, and redeemed his people. He suffered the curse in the sinner’s stead, and swallowed up all its plagues in himself. As your representative, he endured all the agony and ignominy you justly deserved.* And when you by faith lay hold of his atonement, you shall be made the righteousness of God in him—shall be dealt with, not according to your deserts, but according to bis merit and his mercy. He was humbled that you might be exalted, impoverished that you might be enriched, bound that you might be released, punished that you might be spared, condemned that you might be acquitted, wounded that you might be healed, cursed that you might be blessed, and slain that you might live for ever.
--Selected excerpt from "The Living Redeemer" by Christmas Evans (picture source)