Catechism 23

Why must the Redeemer be truly God?
That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
(New City Catechism)

The price
too great to pay ourselves,
     the height
too far for us to reach,
          the stain
too deeply in for blemished hands
to scrub or take away,

the Son –
the spotless and unblemished one –
    the Lamb,
appointed from the start of time
         now comes
to take what human hands have wrought,
all suffering and shame.

No more:
the wrath is overcome,
    and death
is conquered with the Son’s bright rise.
        Now hope:
the greatest battle’s won,
the impossible is done.

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