The manner of Christ’s taking away sin doth represent the heinousness of it, and is a sufficient warning to the world not to continue in it: ‘For if these things were done to the green tree, what shall be done to the dry?’
When we look upon sin through Satan’s spectacles, and the cloud of our own passions and carnal affections, we make nothing of it
But in the agonies of Christ, and the sorrows and sufferings of his cross, we see the odiousness of it, that it may become more hateful to us. No less remedy would serve the turn than the agonies, bloodshed, and accursed death of the Son of God, to procure the pardon and destruction of sin. By this sin-offering and ransom for souls we may see what sin is.
Sin is far more than the breaking of God’s law
We make light of sin, but Christ found it not so light a matter to expiate it. Do but consider his fears and tears and strong cries when he stood in the place of sinners before God’s tribunal, when God ‘laid upon him the iniquities of us all.’
The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, vol. 21 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1874), 9–10.