“The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.” (Psalm 119:51)
This Scripture is descriptive of the contradiction of sinners that our LORD endured in His sufferings unto death and yet never deviated from what He came to accomplish and that is the complete, full and final satisfaction of the law and justice that His Father required for the propitiation and redemption that the Father sent Him to finish on their behalf. What a stark contrast between the two parties: the sinners and the Savior. “The proud,” what we are by nature, mocking and deriding the Mediator, ignorant of our need of His complete work for our salvation and attempting to come by the works of our flesh which are nothing but filthy rags, Isaiah 64:6. On the other hand, the Savior Who never shirked back (turned away or bent down away) from obeying every precept of the law in word, deed and Spirit, as a Man, earning and establishing the righteousness required of the sinner and then paying the penalty with His own life, whereby God declared just (acquitted) from all sin and guilt, there at the cross. Purposed from eternity, accomplished at Calvary and revealed in time by the Spirit of Grace. In His time, He draws every chosen, justified sinner to Christ, 1 Peter 1:2.