The Beautiful Sunset on Good Friday

The climax of the glory of His [Jesus Christ’s] life on earth was the way it ended. It was as if all the darker colors in the spectrum of glory came together in the most beautiful sunset on Good Friday, with the crucified Christ as the blood-red sun in the crimson sky. And it was as if all the brighter colors in the spectrum of glory came together in the most beautiful sunrise on Easter morning, with the risen Christ as the golden sun shining in full strength. Both the glory of the sunset and the glory of the sunrise shone on the horizon of a lifetime of incomparable beautiful love.

John Piper, God Is the Gospel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 65.

Do You Thrill at Being Forgiven?

One of the reasons that many Christians seem to have no thrill at being forgiven through the gospel is that they have not been broken hearted over their sin. They have not despared. They have not wrestled with warranted self-loathing. They have not grieve over their sin because of its moral repugnance, but have grieved only because of guilt feelings and threats of hell.

John Piper, God Is the Gospel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 105.

The Effects of the Crucifixion

By the death and resurrection of Christ the propitiation of God’s wrath and the forgiveness of our sins and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness became ours by faith alone. God’s anger is removed from him, our guilt is removed from us, Christ’s obedience is counted as ours — this is the effect of Christ being crucified in our place and raised from the dead.

John Piper, God Is the Gospel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 166.

What Is Repentance?

Though it be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight.  Repentance of sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God’s excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder…. how much soever of a paradox it may seem, it is true that repentance is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure.

Jonathan Edwards in John Piper, God Is the Gospel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 104.