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)
too great to pay ourselves,
too far for us to reach,
too deeply in for blemished hands
to scrub or take away,
the Son –
the spotless and unblemished one –
appointed from the start of time
to take what human hands have wrought,
all suffering and shame.
the wrath is overcome,
is conquered with the Son’s bright rise.
the greatest battle’s won,
the impossible is done.