Posted by: chuckbumgardner | March 1, 2008

The Great Exchange: Christ, My Substitute

From a Puritan prayer:
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
    cast off that I might be brought in,
    trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend
    surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
    stripped that I might be clothed,
    wounded that I might be healed,
    athirst that I might drink,
    tormented that I might be comforted,
    made a shame that I might inherit glory.
    entered darkness that I might have eternal light,
My Savior wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
    groaned that I might have endless song,
    endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
    bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
    bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
    experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
    closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
    expired that I might for ever live.
O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
    my every step buoyant with delight, as I see
        my enemies crushed,
        Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
        sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
        hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me the cross,
    mighty to subdue, comfort, and save.
From “Love Lustres at Calvary,” in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, ed. Arthur Bennett (Banner of Truth, 1975), 42-43.


  1. one of sovereign grace’s most recent cds (valley of vision) was based on the book – and is a wealth of wonderful theology.

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