Sermon 3436. Christ Glorified
A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1914.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 4, 1869.
"He has glorified You." Isaiah 55:5.
GOD has glorified His Son. How deeply we ought to regret that we glorify Christ so little, bought with His precious blood,owing all we have to Him. We make but a very poor return and even when we are helped by the Spirit of God to glorify Christ,yet I am sure we should always feel an insatiable desire to do it yet more. To glorify Christ is so sweet a thing that whena man has once tasted of it, he pants and pants within his spirit for a greater capacity to glorify Christ- and this is oneof his griefs, that he cannot praise his Savior as he would-hence it is that oftentimes the Prophet and the Psalmist, whenthey were most full of praise, would bid the earth, the sea, the heavens, and the Heaven of heavens, help to praise the Kingin whom they saw such ravishing beauties and delights! Hence it is that godly men, whenever they are stirred up and feel thatthey could magnify and bless the Lord, always want their fellow creatures to join them-and their sorrow is that Jesus doesnot reign in every heart and that He has not a throne in every soul!
Now it must be a great comfort to lovers of Christ, who mourn that He is not honored as He should be, that God has taken careof His Son's honor. "He has glorified You," and you know when God glorifies, He does the work perfectly! He does it afterHis own Spirit and that an Infinite One, so that the Glory of Christ, after all, is safe. And though He is blasphemed by rebels,dishonored by apostates and grieved by ourselves, yet God, after all, shall not suffer Christ's fame to be tarnished for asingle moment by all this, for He has said, "He has glorified You." I don't know that I can preach from the text, but I doknow what I can do. I can feel thrice happy at the thoughts which it raises in my mind! It is so delightful to think thatthe crown is safe upon His head, though the nations rebel and the kings take counsel against Him, that his shield is foreverglorified and untarnished, let men do what they may! Him has God the Father exalted and given Him a name which is above everyname, which is first and chief and shall never be second, but shall forever reign and must reign till He has put all His enemiesunder His feet.
Now glancing across the subject, as some skiff flies over the sea, we will talk about what God has done by way of glorifyingHis Son, Jesus-
I. GOD HAS GLORIFIED HIM IN THE ENTIRE ECONOMY OF SALVATION.
From first to last, Christ glorifies His Father, and the Father glorifies Him. Begin with that which has no beginning, namely,everlasting love, and we find that we are chosen in Christ Jesus from before the foundation of the world. The love of Godwhich comes to us through Jesus Christ always is the channel-and it is connected with Jesus Christ before the heavens werestretched abroad! He was glorified in our election! Now with Christ Jesus in the mind of the Eternal Father, there is no electionto eternal love except through Jesus Christ! And if you and I are chosen, it is-
"Because Christ is My first elect, He said, He chose our souls in Christ our Head." We dare not look into that council chamberunless we knew that Christ was there. We dare not think of the Infinite Wisdom of God in the arrangement of all things fromthe beginning, if we did not remember that Christ was the center of these arrangements and that as many as have believed onHim were represented in Him in those days before the daystar knew its place, or planets ran their round. God has been pleasedto glorify Christ afterwards in all the promises which, one by one, revealed the glorious Grace of God, from that first promiseat the gates of Eden concerning the Seed of the woman, right on until He appeared-the hand that drew back the black curtainthat hid the face of God was always thehand of the Crucified-and whenever men come to see anything of the marvelous love andgoodness of God, they always behold it in connection with the Messiah, the Anointed One yet to come.
God has glorified His Son in the matter of redemption. There is no redemption out of Christ, and there is none to help Christin the matter of redemption. Albeit that Calvary seems to have a black cloud of shame hanging over it, yet is there no spoton earth or Heaven more glorious, for there it was that God permitted His Son to bear, without assistance, the Divine Wrathwhich was due to our sins, allowed Him to tread the winepress alone and would not permit that of the people there should beone with Him, lest the glory should in any way be divided. Christ, and Christ, alone, must pay the price of our souls withHis own soul!
So onward, if you come to the matter of our justification or our acceptance which sprang out of redemption, God glorifiedHis Son. We are, if pardoned, only forgiven through His blood! If justified, entirely by virtue of His righteousness! If accepted,it is always in the Beloved! If perfected, we are completed in Him, perfect in Christ Jesus! There is not a single Covenantblessing-as I begin at the beginning so may I continue to the close-there is not a single blessing in the economy of Christwhich comes to us apart from Christ! And as we receive these gifts, one by one, the Holy Spirit takes care to make us knowthis-He empties us of self that we may see the fullness of Christ. He kills our pride that we may see the excellence of Christ.He takes away our strength that we may behold the power of Christ. In the operations of the Holy Spirit within our soul, whilethey aim at destroying sin and at many other blessed results, yet they have for their first and chief purpose, the makingChrist glorified in the heart of all His people, in every gift that comes from the hand of the Most High! Brothers and Sisters,our preservation, our final perseverance and every other blessing which is secured to us, and about which we have no doubt-allthis comes to us in Him! We are preserved in Christ Jesus. Because He lives, we live, also, and only because He lives andby virtue of our union with Him-we who are the branches continue to bring forth fruit-but if we were separated from Him, weshould be only fit to be cast into the fire to be burned! Right away from the gates of Hell, up to the pearly gates of Heaven,it is Christ Jesus who is glorified! In every step the Believer takes, right out of the slough of despondency, up to the Beulahhilltop of full assurance and still onward beyond the clouds, and beyond the stars in the palace of eternal glory, it willbe Christ, and Christ Jesus, alone, who shall have all the praise! God has taken care in the planning of the whole economyof Christ, that Jesus Christ should have the pre-eminence. There is much to talk of here, but think of it-that will be betterthan my speaking. Turn it over as Abraham Booth wrote a book showing the Grace of God in all the ways of salvation, so somebodyelse might write a book showing the glory of Christ in every single part of the way. And if we cannot write such a book, yetat least we must feel precious emotions as we contemplate the whole. In the next place, God has glorified His Son-
II. IN THE MIDST OF THE CHURCH.
The Church is to Christ what Eve was to Adam. She was taken out of Christ-she is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.As the Apostle says, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they twoshall be one flesh." This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning what? Concerning matrimony? Yes, in one sense, but notin another sense. Concerning Christ and His Church, for your cause did Christ leave His Father and He came into your worldthat He might be one flesh with His Church-she owes all to Him-her very existence is owing to Christ. As Eve springs fromAdam, the Church springs out of the loins of Jesus Chris!.
Now, Beloved, it is meet that seeing this is the case, Christ should have no secondplace in His Church, and certainly no suchplace has been allotted to Him by the eternal Father. As I can now but speak of the Church of God, at large, I think I amguided for a moment by an evil spirit standing at my left hand, who points with black fingers over to the city of the SevenHills, and he says to me, "There is one great supreme ruler, the Vicar of God on earth-behold his splendors! See how theybear him through the streets of Rome upon the shoulders of men, with canopies of silk, smothered with jewels and with peacockand ostrich feathers! Mark how they swing their censers and how the multitudes fall down before him, for him has God exalted,for him has God glorified." Ah, but this is a vain and idle boast, for we read not in any page of this Book of any such exaltationto any being! And where will be found the being that shall dare to take it, unless he shall first become the victim of Satan?Satan said to Christ, "All this will I give You if You will fall down and worship me." And he that has it, must have firstfallen down and worshipped Satan, or he has no such power among the sons of men!
Now, Beloved, Christ did not redeem His Church with His blood that the Pope might come in and steal away the glory! He nevercame from Heaven to earth and poured out His very heart that He might purchase His people so that a poor sinner, a mere man,should be set upon high to be admired by all the nations and to call himself God's representative on earth! Christ has alwaysbeen the Head of His Church. Why, we have read in history that kings at different times have wished to play the Head of theChurch, and that we owe our Protestantism, as we call it over here-that we owe much of that to the desire of a certain crownedhead to become a little Pope over certain dominions! This is very true, but not Henry the Eighth, nor his successor, nor anyof those who now live, are more the Head of the Church than he is God, Himself! It is not possible for any to be Head in theChurch of Christ, but Jesus! Has God exalted Him and made Him to be the Head over all things-and it is usurping the prerogativeof Christ for any to suppose they can be Head of the Church of Christ, for Jesus Christ is the Head and He, alone, holds powerover ecclesiastical organizations! Over the sacred mystical, blood-bought, redeemed, regenerated Church of Christ there nevercan, by any possibility, be any other Head but Jesus Christ, the Lord Himself! Now mark, God has exalted the Lord Jesus Christin the government of His Church All authority, all authoritative rules in Zion come through Jesus Christ. All true teachingin Zion comes from His lips. We call no man, master, upon earth, for One is our Master, and that One is Christ. No man isRabbi in the Church, but He is our Rabboni, our Teacher, and all other teachers are thieves and robbers if they teach on theirown authority. They only are accepted as the Lord's shepherds, who speak Christ's Truth in Christ's name-and in the powerof His own Spirit. God has made Christ to rule supremely throughout the Church, and in this He has glorified Him!
He has made Him the Head of the Church in another respect-He is the head of all light in the Church. There is no true lightin the Christian Church, not a single spark of it, but what comes from Christ. All life comes to us from Him. There may beenergy in the Church of a carnal and fleshly sort-she may have force and power which she derives from men-but this will dieand perish, like the grass and the flower of the fields. Vital godliness always proceeds from Jesus Christ, as the branch'slife comes from the vine. "Without Me, you can do nothing, but because I live, you shall live, also." He is the life of men!He quickens whom He will and it is not possible that there should exist even a grain of spiritual life in any human heart,but that which comes to that heart through Jesus Christ! He is also the Head over all things in the Church-all spiritual things.The Spirit of God resides in Christ without measure-and He sends forth the Spirit- He gives a Comforter to us. "It pleasedthe Father that in Him should all fullness dwell," and the continuance of the Church, and the growth of the Church, and theedification of the Church-all sorts of beneficial influences which come to the Church-proceed to us through Jesus Christ,the Church's covenanted Head!
Now I wish that we should form parts of the true Church of Christ to whatever denominations we may belong. Let us cling closerand closer to our blessed Master, for the secret of union in the Church is union with Christ. It is utterly hopeless, Brothersand Sisters, for us to expect, as the world now is, and as men now are, that we shall ever, all of us, agree in our opinionsabout all things. God never made us such creatures that we could agree in all things. He has so constituted us, and wiselyso, that we, some of us, catch one angle of the Truth of God, and others another. To me one Doctrine, perhaps, will alwaysstand out much more clearly than certain others. I wish it were not so. I should like to have a mind comprehensive enoughto grasp all Truth-to attain the completed picture of the Truth of God without ever caricaturing a single feature. But I amdeeply conscious I am far from being able to do that! And I think, without being censorious, I may say I do not know any ofmy fellow creatures who do! But there is in them a warp somewhere or other in the judgment of good men. Some mistake of someman which is not an offensive mistake at all. This is rather an infirmity than a sin, for he follows what he thinks is theTruth of God. His eyes are not right. He has got a little squint and he thinks Truth is a thing that it is not. He shootswell, mark you, if the mark were where he thinks it is, but it is not just there and, therefore, his arrow does not quitehit the center of the target. The true place of union will be, mark you, never in the Creed but in Him who is the Truth! Ifwe believe in Him, love Him, cling to Him, follow Him, imitate Him, glorify Him, we shall get nearer each other than everwe were, closer to the common center! We must be closer to one another. "I would preach up nothing but Christ and preach nothingdown but sin," said a good old Divine, and the good man was right! Some old lady who heard of certain high Calvinistic preacherscoming to a certain place did not know who they were, or what they were, but she said she thought she liked them because oftheir names. She misunderstood the words-she thought they were high Calvarypreachers-and anybody who preached high Calvarywould suit her if they lifted up the Cross of Jesus, preached up the Master and glorified His name! If in doubt, this shouldbe the test of the Doctrine-does it glorify Christ? This should be the test of all our opinions-do they glorify Christ? Fornothing is fit to be within the walls of Zion but that which bows down before Zion's King!
To change the tone, again, ringing the same peal of bells, in the third place- III. GOD HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIS DEAR SON INTHE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE CROSS.
Oh, for a poet's mind and seraph's tongue to speak of the wonders of the Cross where Christ, the Savior, hung and died! Hedied in shame-this never dimmed His Glory-it reveals it to the admiring eyes of all the aged saints who delight to look thereon.What did Jesus, by His dying a painful death, do for us? Why, first, as you all know, He put away all His people's sins. Thereare some that think that Christ died to make all men salvable. They may keep their doctrine-it has no charms for me! ThatChrist died, some think, for all men, and it is a death for every man, I know the Word of God declares, but there is a Redemption,there is a Redemption far other than that which is universal. He laid down His life for His sheep. He loved His Church andgave Himself for it-and there is a people spoken of who are redeemed from among men in quite another sense in which any redemptionwas ever made for all men. Now, Beloved, as many as Christ stood for as a Substitute, for so many did He take their sins.And although it is written, "The Lord has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all," for, "He was made sin for us," says the Apostle,and the sin of His people was actually laid upon Him-imputed to Him, though it was not His-yet He took it for His people andhere is the Glory, that all that mass of sin no longer exists! It is gone! He has vanquished the tyrant and "made an end ofsin." What a wonderful word-made an end of it, and brought in everlasting righteousness! He has cast our iniquities into thedepths of the sea. The blood of Christ exterminated our sins when He stood in the place of His people! He suffered an equivalentfor all that was due by them and from them to God, and the debts have ceased to be, for they are all paid and disposed of,no charge being brought against Christ's elect, for, says the Apostle, "It is Christ that died; yes, rather that has risenagain." In the morning when the Father raised His Son from the dead, and Jesus stood once more upon earth, no more to die-inthat day the sentence went forth-"None shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect." Oh, what a blessed work was thisto do, to take sin away where it never can be found again! To make it to cease to be! To cover it over forever! To blot itout! But this was not all-our Lord, by His death, destroyed death and he that has the power over it-the devil!
But let us think-He disposed of death first of all. He slept in the tomb. When the morning came, the prison door was openedand He rose, the First-Born from the dead, the First Fruits of them that sleep and the harvest sheaf of all who shall comehenceforth from the sepulcher! And so now the tomb is no more a prison, a place of ruin! The big imprisoning stone is rolledaway. "He that lives and believes in Christ shall never die, and he that believes in Him, though he were dead, yet shall helive." Over yonder cemetery with its holy memories and long lamented departed, I hear a voice ringing, "Blessed are the deadthat die in the Lord; yes, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." And in anothercase, Beloved, "I am the resurrection and the life; death is dead." Jesus Christ has accomplished this and the Father hasglorified Him!
And now He has also vanquished, once and for all, for His people, all the hosts of Hell. Satan is a cruel enemy to the Lord'speople. He molests them, he worries whom he cannot devour. But here is our consolation, that he has an invincible enemy. Christgave Satan every advantage. He met him, as an old Divine says, "on his own dunghill." He bearded the lion in his den-no, Hebearded him on his own hill. "This is your own hour," He said-Satan's own hour, and the hour of darkness-but Jesus triumphed,triumphed when the whole artillery of Hell was discharged against Him-when all the floods out of the mouth of the dragon werevented forth upon Him! He vanquished all the hosts, and bears the banner of a glorious triumph this day, "having led captivitycaptive, and ascended up on high."
To tell of all the wonders of the Cross of Calvary would take far longer than the time we can allot to it now, but we maysum it all up in the words of the text, "He has glorified You." The Father has put many crowns upon the head of Him that worethe crown of thorns!
I wish to ask a minute's attention to the next, namely, that the Father has glorified Christ in His present power.The Fathersustains Him in the highest heavens among the saints. It is no small glory that Christ should sit at the right hand of theFather, as He does. He was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, but now is crowned with Glory,honor and the loftiest created beings delight to do His commands! He reigns in Heaven with scepter undisputed. He says tothis one, "Go, and he goes! To another, come, and he comes!" His intercession in Heaven is part of the Glory He has received.As He pleads there like a high priest, He pleads with authority, with a power that is always felt. The blood of Jesus Christspeaks to the heart of God, and no desire of Christ's is ungranted when heard. A case put into Christ's hands always speeds-ifwe ask the Father in Christ's name, He will do it for us. I am sure very few of us know this, that if we ask in Christ's name,we ask for Christ's sake, and that is right and good, and that is as far as we get. But do you know the difference? If yougo to a man and say, "Give me such-and-such for the sake of such a friend, he deserves it of you," that is a good plea. Butsuppose that friend arms you with this power, and he says, "Now you may go and askfor it in my name-say I sent you-use myname," why, that is more powerful by far! And when each Christian becomes clothed, as it were, with that power from Christ,so that he asks God in Christ's name as though Christ asked, what power is there! And it is part of the Glory of Christ thatHis intercession should thus be so powerful for His people this day.
And, Brothers and Sisters, think how the Father has exalted Christ in that at this time He is receiving every hour some ofthe purchase of His blood. I have sometimes tried to picture in my eyes the delight of Christ, the gleaming of His eyes oflove, as His blood-bought ones come Home one by one. You know it is His prayer, "Father, I will that they, also, whom Youhave given Me, be with Me where I am." Here they come, one after another! Some from this Church-one yesterday-usually twoor three a week they go up into the bosom of Christ! You know how the farmer rejoices as he sees the loaded wagons coming,one by one, to the barn-but he has sowed, not with blood, though he may have sowed with tears. You know how you and I rejoiceas we think we have been the means of the conversion of someone-but what is the joy of Christ as He sees the perfection ofHis goodness? Christ is exalted, fresh crowns are laid at His feet-the Eternal Spirit, as He brings and conducts the chosenspirit up to Christ, glorifies Him! And here, below, Brothers and Sisters, let us add, as we leave this point, Jesus Christis glorified in the power which He possesses in the conversion of souls. Wherever His name is preached, it becomes like ointmentpoured forth. I have no belief in the preaching of Christ unsuccessfully. I think a dear Brother may preach the Gospel foryears and see no conversions and, perhaps, there may be none just then, but they will come! I won't say this to myself tocomfort myself. I would be afraid I was on the wrong tack if I did not see them, and I would say to those who preach the Master'sWord faithfully, "It shall not return unto Him void." Christ is greatly glorified when His Gospel becomes a heart-breaker,like a hammer when it dashes the rock in pieces and becomes like a fire. Christ is glorified when a harlot gives up her eviltrade, when the thief casts down the tools of his infamy, when the drunk lifts his last dram to his lips, when the blasphemerwashes out his mouth and resolves to drink no more of the wine of cursing! God grant us that we may always pray that God willglorify Christ in marvelous and manifest conversions of extraordinary sinners being snatched from between the teeth of theold lion and made to dedicate the rest of their days to King Jesus! Now to close-
IV. GOD HAS GLORIFIED CHRIST IN HIS KINGDOM.
We have already said that Christ is glorified in His spiritual Kingdom in the midst of Zion. One is tempted to enlarge onthat. The King is always glorious when he rules his people by good laws, when he has a happy and prosperous people. And ourLord Jesus Christ rules us with the best of laws, and happy are the citizens of the new Jerusalem-
"The King is glorious, When in war He is victorious." And when He is beloved of His subjects, He certainly is victorious inwar. The spoils belong to Him. All the virgins love Him and the saintly sons consecrate their purest affections to Him. JesusChrist is exalted in His Church, then, as a King upon His Throne-and there God gives Him Glory for the present among the nations.Christ's Glory is not revealed as we desire it, though He rules by moral influence and the government is upon His shoulders.Perhaps if our eyes were opened, we would see in the progress of civilization and the various changes which have taken placein this world, much more of the influences of Christianity and certainly more of the power of Christ than we have been ableto perceive at all times. Perhaps God is now writing and has been, during this last 6,000 years, a wonderful drama at theclearing up of which it will be seen from the first stroke of His pen to the last, God has glorified Christ! It may be sothat the shaking of the nations, the revolutions and even the bloody wars shall all be compassed, and the one great wholeof which it might be said at the commencement, as Virgil does in song-
"Arms and the man I sing."
It may be that He has written a great epic concerning the warfare of the righteous against evil, and the conquest of the mightymen. He has yet to restore this world and make it brighter than it was before and, Beloved, that God will exalt Christ inthe latter days, let us never doubt that for a moment! And though men prophesy, making a profit by their prophecies and arealways muddling and unsettling weak minds by their silly predictions, let us still hold to it that this world belongs to Christ,who bought it with His precious blood! And He will have it, every inch, and there is not a corner where the dark places ofcruelty shall remain, not a spot where an idol shall hold its throne, not a hill or valley where superstition shall be permittedto linger! We have but to wait. Maybe we shall be gathered to our Father to wait in seren-er places than this, for it is ordainedand none shall stay its coming, when Christ shall reign upon earth with His ancient Glory, and the whole earth, once an Augeanstable, shall be cleansed by its Hercules, who shall make the stream of Hisblood to run through it, and make it pure, glorifiedand consecrated! And in that day the scepters shall be gathered with them who remain and crowns of kings shall be joyfullylaid at His feet-and we shall understand the full meaning of the title, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." Oh, how we willsalute Him in that day when we shall rise to participate in the splendors with those who are alive and remain! Dear Friends,those who are asleep shall rise to participate in all the splendor of that blessed land of King Jesus! My Father has exaltedYou! To You, Your Master's children bow! The sun and the moon bow down before You! You shall reign and we shall reign withYou-our reign being to behold Your reign-our glory being to participate in Your Glory! We shall be like You, for we shallsee You as You are! May God grant us Grace to have our share in that blessed Advent and He shall be blessed!
But now just one more word. God will glorify Christ, mark you, as He has done. Are we prepared to do the same, my dear Brothersand Sisters? Let us aim to glorify Christ-and shall I tell you how you may do it, for there are many small ways of doing it,not small in themselves, but only small comparatively? You can glorify Christ by your holy living, by your labors for HisKingdom, by your generosity, or, if you want to do the greatest work to glorify Christ, you know what it is! Why, it is totrust Him altogether with all your concerns! Nothing glorifies Christ more than that. Now just lean your whole weight on Himand, with a faith that does not stagger, rely on the efficacy of His blood, the power of His arm, the love of His heart, theimmutability of His affections and the divinity of His Presence! Lean on Him! Rest on Him! A poor dependent creature cannotglorify God any better than by trusting Him! This is the work of God, you know-this is a Hebraism, for the greatest work ofall, this is the work of God, the God-like work, the work! But what a mercy it is that there is such a way for poor creatureslike we are, of glorifying Christ by trusting Him-
"The best return for one like me,
So wretched and so poor,
Is from His gifts to draw a plea,
And ask Him still for more."
One other remark, and that is, if you don't glorify Jesus Christ willingly and cheerfully by such a trust, He will be glorifiedeven in your condemnation! In the day of His appearing, you that have heard the Gospel-for I speak to you, only, if you rejectHim, you will have yet to minister to His honor. "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish from the way if His wrathis kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him." But if you trust Him not, here is the alternative-"Heshall break the nations with a rod of iron, He shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." How stands it with you?Will you be able to endure that iron rod? Will you be able to endure the breaking, when first the body shall be broken, andthen the soul to shivers, like a potter's vessel? Be wise, therefore, oh you kings and you men, sons of the earth! Be wise,bow before Him, accept Him as your King! God will thus be glorified by the work of Christ, and if it is not so, He will beglorified by the aid of justice, which may the Lord forbid in the case of any one of us! Amen.
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON: ISAIAH53.
Verse 1. Who has believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?The Prophet seems to speak in the name ofall the Prophets, lamenting the general unbelief concerning Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The report concerning Him is veryclear. It comes from God-it is for our salvation-and yet how many disbelieve it! In fact, all do until the arm of the Lordis revealed-until He works upon the hearts of men and they are led to believe in Jesus. And here is the difficulty of belief.
2. For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He has no form nor comeliness; andwhen we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. There was nothing about Jesus Christ to attract the attentionof those who look for pomp and splendor. His religion is all simplicity. It is the plain Truth of God-there is nothing aboutit that is gorgeous to attract those who look after ritualistic vanities. To the most of men there is no beauty in Him thatthey should desire Him.
3. He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief and we hid, as it were, our faces from Him.He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.It was so with Jesus when He was here. He was the greatest of all sufferers-therewere few that followed Him-some of those who did, betrayed Him. There were few who would stand up for Him. He met everywherewith a repulse, and yet He came on an errand of love. He needed not to have come at all.
Heaven surely was large enough for Him, but such was His pity for the dying sons of men that He must strip off His royal robesand put on the robes of our mortal flesh!
4, 5. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him;and with His stripes we are healed. He had not a pang to suffer on His own account, nothing to cause Him grief in anythingHe had done-
"For sins not His own, He died to atone-
Was love or was sorrow like this ever known?" Scarcely for a righteous man will one die. Yet, perhaps, for a good man somewould even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
6. All we, like sheep, have gone astray, we have turned, everyone, to his own way and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquityof us all Taken the full load of sin, the whole mass of human guilt, and placed it upon Him! He was perfectly innocent, andyet was the sin of man heaped upon Him. He was our Substitute, standing in our place-a wondrous Truth of God is this!
7. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as asheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opens not His mouth. And you know right well that our Master would not speak whenHe was charged before Pilate and Herod. He was eloquent-more eloquent in His silence than if He had used His ordinary language,which was amazing, for, "never man spoke like this Man," and yet never man was silent as He for our sake.
8-10. He was taken fromprison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut offout of the land ofthe living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich inHis death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; Hehas put Him to grief: when You shall make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,and thepleasure ofthe Lord shall prosper in His hand. Our blessed Lord and Master is to have a full reward for all His griefs-andan earnest of that reward is here tonight! He will receive, this very night, some born unto Him by the new birth, who shallhenceforth be His children and who shall gladly say, "Here, Lord, I come myself to You, for You have bought me with Your preciousblood." It is the joy of some of us that we belong altogether to Christ. We would not have another honor-we wish to live toHim, loving Him and serving Him as long as we have any being! And there are some here tonight who have not felt this, whomGod, nevertheless, will make to feel it, for so runs the promise-
11. He shall see ofthe travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many;for He shall bear their iniquities. That is the way He justifies them-takes their iniquities upon Himself-and since a thingcannot be in two places at one time, when Christ takes our iniquities, they are gone and we are just in the sight of God!He takes the burden, and we are unloaded, blessed be His name! "He shall bear their iniquities."
12. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong. The dying Christhas risen again, and He is now a great conqueror and divides the spoil. Those spoils are human hearts, and the true love anddeep devotion of those He has redeemed. He shall have this-
12. Because He has poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors: and He bore the sin of many,and made intercession for the transgressors. And He is doing it now-pleading this very night that old prayer of His, "Father,forgive them, for they know not what they do." Oh, let you and I be pardoned with that plea!