To Look on Him and Pardon Me

In 1863 the Irish hymnwriter, Charitie Lees Bancroft wrote the hymn Before the Throne of God Above. The hymn was comprised of six verses. I want us to focus in on the fourth verse.

Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

What an amazing description of the exchange that occurred between the sinless Jesus and sinful human beings. He was sinless. We were sinful. He died. We were pardoned.

The death of our Lord should have been our death. Yet God, who is just in all his doings, looked upon the substitute of Jesus and his wrath toward us was satisfied in Jesus’ death. Not only that, but God sees us clothed in the righteousness of the perfect Jesus.