Sermon 3554. Our Magnificent Savior
A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1917.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON,
ON LORD'S-DAY EVENING, JANUARY 28,1872.
"He shall see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many, forHe shall bear their iniquities."
EVERY word of the text is peculiarly full of meaning. There are passages of Scripture which are like the rooms of a royalpalace which may not have in them gold and silver, though there are precious things. But this text is the strongroom of theKing's house-the richest, rarest treasures are here! When we preach the Doctrine of our text, we are preaching the very marrowof all theology-the very pith of the Gospel-the essential oil of the good news which brings salvation! I shall not, tonight,therefore, have any time to give you illustrations, nor shall we have any time for anything like oratory-but simply to speakright on, in explaining the deep Truths of God which lie before us. May God open our ears and may every heart receive theTruth which is able to save your souls, for I may truly say when preaching upon this text, "Incline your ears and come untome. Hear, and your soul shall live," for we are upon the main business of your souls, and treating upon that which God setsforth as the only way of redemption for the sons of men!
There are two points in the text. You observe there are two persons. There is the Lord Christ, and there are the many. Wewill take these two persons in order and you will perceive in a moment that these are both represented in a threefold character.And our first point will be the Lord Jesus in His threefold Character. And the second will be the many in their threefoldcharacter. To begin, then, where all mustbegin-
I. OUR BLESSED LORD HIMSELF IN HIS THREEFOLD CHARACTER.
You have Him here in a threefold Character. First, the Servant-"My righteous Servant." Secondly, the Sin-Bearer-"He shallbear their iniquities." Thirdly, the Justifer-"He shall justify many."
To begin, then-Christ, the Servant-"My righteous Servant." Be astonished, O you heavens! He that distributes crowns and thronesand is, "God Over All, Blessed Forever," designs to become a Servant! He came into this world and "was made in fashion asa Man and, being found in fashion as a Man, He became obedient"-obedient to His Father's will, "obedient even unto death."
Think of Christ for a few minutes and you perceive that first, He is a Servant unto God. In a certain sense He became theServus servorum-the Servant of servants-washing our feet and wiping them with a towel. But now in the text He is representedas serving God. Whereas we were servants that ran away from our Master, Christ came to take our place! Whereas we were disobedientservants, He came to fulfill our obedience for us-took our position of service of which we had proved ourselves to be unworthy.He served His Father and did His will. According to the verse which precedes the text, He served God not only with His body,but-with His soul-and yet again in the verse in which our text is found, "He shall see of the travail of His soul." The servicethat Christ rendered to God was partly that of His body, for He suffered weariness in the diligent obedience to His Father'swill. But His mind went with it-every power and every passion of His Nature was sweetly obedient to the Divine Will! The zealwhich He had for God's Glory ate up not only His body, but His very soul! He served God, as alas, we do not as we should-withall His heart, and soul, and strength!
And note He was an ardent Servant, for the text speaks of the travail of His soul. Read it as the labor of His soul, as ifHe threw His soul so fully into it that His soul labored in the service of God! Or read it, if you will, as travail, and youknow the meaning of that word, which we will cover with a veil. The whole of His powers and faculties were full of pain thatHe might serve His God. He suffered in His service and He served in His suffering-not only with all the power He had, butbowing the fullness of His strength into the service which He rendered unto God. In the text He is called a righteous Servant,as if He had rendered an account unto God, and God had found it in every jot and tittle to be correct-a righteous Servant,fulfilling all righteousness, carefully doing so-a righteous Servant without any need to add a word about some little slipsor failings, for in Him was no sin-no sin in His life and no sin in Himself. The prince of this world searched Him, but hefound nothing in Him-He was without the slightest offense-"holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners." Christ, then,as a Servant to God was an accepted Servant. We know He was, for God Himself calls Him, "My righteous Servant." Now think-Iwill not enlarge further-think, Beloved, of this. This is your Lord, whom angels worship, become an obedient Servant untoGod for your sake and discharging His work so as to get the reward of, "Well done, good and righteous Servant!" His meritsare yours, Believer! All that He has done is yours! You are "accepted in the Beloved." The Lord receives you for Jesus' sakeand in Christ He is well-pleased with you. There is a sweet Truth of God to begin with! Roll it under your tongue as a daintymorsel. "He is My righteous Servant."
But the text takes Christ in His second Character and we must be brief on each-as the Sin-Bearer. "He shall bear their iniquity."The most wonderful thing in all this Book of wonders is this-that God should become Man and then, as Man, should bear thesin of His people. We have heard, sometimes, foolish persons ask, "Where is the Doctrine of Substitution in Scripture?" towhich I would answer, "Where is it not?" Take it out of the Scriptures and there is positively nothing left! It is the mainand cardinal Doctrine of Revelation that Christ stood in the sinner's place! And throughout this Chapter it is the wonderfulteaching, over and over, and over and over again. "The chastisement of our peace was upon Him." "He was numbered with thetransgressors." "He bore the sin of many," or, as in our text, "He shall bear their iniquity." It does not say, "He shallbear the punishment of their iniquity"-that is true and follows as a matter of course-but the iniquities of His people werein very truth laid upon Him! And as in type upon the scapegoat, the sins of Israel were laid, so in truth, and not in type,nor metaphor, nor figure, but in very deed and of a truth-the sins of God's people were transferred from them and laid uponthe head of Christ, the Son of God, who stood in their place. Words cannot be more plain! "He shall bear their iniquities."When did He bear their iniquities? I answer, in a certain sense He bore them from of old, for He was the Lamb slain beforethe foundation of the world-but in actual fact He bore them through His painful life. Read these words-"Surely He has borneour griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." That thirst, that hunger,those pangs He felt often throughout His life of weariness and woe-those were caused by sin being laid upon Him! It was notpossible that He should be perfectly happy while sin was upon Him-it would have been impossible for Him to have been unhappyhad not sin been imputed to Him.
He bore our sins, next, at the judgment seat of Pilate and of Herod. I beg you to follow the words of the text, "He was oppressed,and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearersis dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation? ForHe was cut off out of the land of the living." And why? "For the transgression of My people was He stricken." He was numberedwith the transgressors when He stood at Pilate's bar. He was condemned to die a malefactor's death and on the Roman recordsthere stood the name of Jesus of Nazareth, condemned to die because He had been accused of saying that there was another King,and that another Kingdom was about to be set up. He was bearing our sins before Pilate's bar.
But especially upon the tree, for there we have it, "When You shall make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed.""He, His own Self, bore our sins in His own body up to the tree," and on the tree, always being a Sin-Bearer up to that momentwhen He said, "It is finished"-for then He bore sin no longer. He cast it all away into His own sepulcher! Into the wildernessof forgetfulness did He hurl it-and now the sin of His people cannot be found! It has ceased to be. Christ has "finished transgression."He has made an end of sin and brought in everlasting righteousness for His people.
Now let us pause here a little and think over this wondrous mystery. The way in which God is pleased to save us from our sinis by laying our sins on His own Son and making Him suffer for those sins as if those sins had been His own! Why, do you think,did He choose such a method? Was is not thus? First, thus He satisfied His own Justice. Why, Brothers and Sisters, if we hadlain in Hell forever, yet Divine Justice would not have been fully justified, for after thousands of years of suffering, therewould still remain an eternity of debt due to God's Justice, and the debt would not be paid! And let me say, if God had annihilatedall the sinners that ever lived in one stroke, He would not have so honored His Justice as He did when He took sin and laidit on His Son-and His Son bore Divine Wrath which was due to that sin! For now there has been rendered unto Divine Justicea full equivalent, a complete recompense for all the dishonor which it suffered- and I know of no other conceivable way bywhich such a recompense could have been rendered-
"He to the utmost farthing paid
Whatever His people owed."
He suffered what they should have suffered, and now God's Law stands in all its integrity. It has not dismissed the penalty.The penalty has been executed! The sword has awakened against the Shepherd, although the stroke was due to the flock!
Moreover, God, in choosing Christ to suffer in our place has been pleased to lay help upon One that is mighty, upon One thatis mighty to save. O my Soul, delight in the thought that Christ was my Substitute! If I had been told that an angel had donehis best to save me, I would feel unsafe. If I had been told that all the holy men in all the world had striven to save me,I would have felt insecure. But if the very Christ of God, Himself, the Eternal One, has deigned to bear my iniquities, why,then, should I fear? The mighty Savior, the Almighty Savior, can surely put away my sins! There is help laid upon One thatis mighty!
The Lord also laid our sins upon Christ because it was Christ's desire that it should be so. Do you remember how He said,"I have a baptism to be baptized with"? It was the baptism of His sufferings! "And how am I straitened till it is accomplished!"And long before that He had said, "Lo, I come; in the volume of the Book it is written of Me, I delight to do Your will, OGod, yes, Your Law is in My heart." And then He adds, "Sacrifice and offering You would not, but a body have You preparedMe." And He longed to come, and in that body, bear His people's sins! And in that body prove that He had a love for them whichmany waters could not quench, and floods could not drown, for down into the deeps He would go with His beloved Church andnever come up again until He could bring her up with Him, as He has done, to the praise of the Glory of His Grace! Therefore,you see, God is honored, His Grace is honored, we, ourselves, are comforted by have a mighty Savior, and Christ's own longingsare contented by having sin laid upon Him.
Moreover, Beloved, the forgiveness of sin, through laying it upon Christ, is made to show to all mankind and to all othercreated intelligences the tremendous evil of sin. Here were a people whom God desired to save, but He could not. His Justicedid, as it were, tie the hands of His Mercy. Sin was so hateful to Him that He could not blot it out and forget it. He mustpunish it and I know not of any way by which He could have shown His abhorrence of sin so greatly as when He bruised His ownSon! A man may show his indignation about a crime in many ways, but surely in none so much as when he sees that crime uponhis son, and he says, "No, I cannot reveal my love to you. While that crime is upon you, you must suffer for it," and-
"Heaven's Eternal Darling bleeds."
Because sin was laid on Him and the Father would not smile! He cried, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" A greaterAbraham unsheathed His knife to slay a greater Isaac, and no angel intervened! The Savior died the death! These are wordsthat we speak. Do we know their meaning? When you are racked with pain, you begin to guess the pain the Savior suffered and,perhaps, when we are, ourselves, in the pains of death, we shall begin to have a little more fellowship with Jesus. But allfor our sakes the blessed Lord bore the Wrath of God that God might show that sin, even when laid upon His Son by imputation,was so horrible to Him that He would not let Him escape! He must be bruised. "It pleased the Father to bruise Him; He hasput Him to grief."
And don't you think, Beloved, that God chose this way of pardoning sin to show His great love as well as His great abhorrenceof sin? Behold how He loves us! What manner of love is this that God has shown to us-that when we were yet enemies, He gaveHis Son to die for us? There is one sweet reason that Jesus gives why He died for His people. You remember it. He loved HisChurch and gave Himself for it, that He might present it to Himself, "without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." There isno washing for His Church like the washing in His blood! Even if you, Believer, should wash your face in your tears, you wouldstain your face in the washing! But washed in the blood of Jesus, there remains no trace or speck of sin! Surely the veryangels are not so comely as the Church is, now that Christ has cleansed her. The heavens are not pure in His sight and Hecharged His angels with folly-but the blood-washed Church is pure and no folly is charged on her! Her righteousness is therighteousness of her Creator, and her purity is the holiness of God, Himself!
Surely the Lord was pleased to adopt this way of pardon for one other reason-that you and I might have strong consolationand that, having strong consolation, we might also have strong reason for devoting ourselves to Christ's service/There arethose who think that pardon through atoning blood will make men live in sin. They little know what is in the heart of theredeemed, for, being bought with such a price, we would be perfect if we could! So much has been done for us that if we coulddo for Christ ten thousand times more than we have ever done, we would only rejoice to do it, cost what it may! You know whena man is under burden of sin, he cannot serve his God well, because, he says, "I would serve Him but my sins are so many."But when his sins are laid on Christ, then he says, "Now I can give all my strength to the Glory of God. I have no sin tofret about, now-it is laid on Jesus. There is nothing, now, to make me dread an angry God, for the anger of God is turnedaway and in Jesus Christ I am a justified man." This I might enlarge, but I must not. You see Christ as the Sin-Bearer, bearingour sins on the Cross.
Now the third aspect under which He appears is this-He is seen in the text as a Justifer. "By His knowledge shall My righteousServant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities." Christ is Himself just, and yet the Justifier. Jesus Christ needednot to have worked out a righteousness! He needed not to have become Man! He needed not to have been obedient to the Father."God Over All, Blessed Forever." He has, therefore, a righteousness to give away-one which He does not need for Himself. Thisis the root and bottom of it-He has a righteousness which He does not need for Himself and He, therefore, gives it to us andbecomes the Lord, Our Righteousness! And every soul to whom Jesus gives His righteousness is righteous at once! This is God'sway of making men righteous, not by their own deeds, but by the deeds of Jesus. He imputes to us what Christ has done! Hetakes the righteousness of the Lord Christ and gives it to the sinner, blots out the sinner's sin and makes the sinner righteousin a moment before His sight! The text says He shall do this to many-not to all, for, alas, tens of thousands die condemned-butto many. Blessed word is that! Why not to me? If it is God's decree that Christ shall justify many, why should not I be oneamong them? And if He will justify all who know Him-(by His knowledge shall He justify them)-O my Soul, study Christ! Endeavorto be His disciple! Sit at His feet! Learn of Him! Know Him, for then He will justify you and make you just in the sight ofGod!
Remember, Beloved, that this is the reward that Christ has for His death. "He shall see of the travail of His soul." How?Why, "by His knowledge shall He justify many"! It is Christ's delight to take a sinner and to make him just. This is the spoilwhich He divides with the strong! Because He poured out His soul unto death and was numbered with the transgressors, and borethe sin of many, He makes men just! And this is His sure reward-He asks no better-He who believes on Him who justifies theungodly is saved by that belief! This is Christ's Glory, Christ's delight, the fullness of Christ's satisfaction-that He justifiesmany! Oh, that He might get that satisfaction in this house tonight that many poor condemned souls might know Him and be madejust by Him! Then would His heart leap for joy! The joy that was set before Him when He died would then come to Him!
I have thus briefly set forward Christ in His threefold capacity-a Servant, a Sin-Bearer and a Justifier. Now, with brevity,we are to look at-
II. THE MANY IN THEIR THREEFOLD CHARACTER.
And in the text we see them, first, as needing Justification. Secondly, as receiving knowledge. And thirdly, as justified.Now we begin, tonight, this second head where God began with us. We see the many needing Justification. Christ would not havecome to justify the just-they do not need it. The whole have no need of a physician. Suppose a man is brought up before acourt of justice. He is justified, or reckoned to be just, if he is proved not guilty. But we, before the court of God, areall guilty! Therefore, Justification cannot come in that way to us. Our only hope of Justification lies in this-God says,"That man's sins I laid upon Christ. I punished Christ for that man. He is not guilty. Christ was obedient in that man's behalf.Christ's obedience is that man's obedience. He is just in Christ's Righteousness. I take him not as what he is, but as whathis Sponsor is, even Christ! What his Surety is, what his Substitute is." As, for instance, in the old ballot days, when menhad to go to war, if the number was called out and a substitute was provided, the person providing the substitute was said,by the law, to discharge his duty to his country. I believe that some time ago in the Northern States a person who had founda substitute to go to fight in the South, heard after a while that his substitute was dead. On a second drawing being made,this man was drawn, but he said, "No, I am dead. Number so-and-so went to the war and is dead. That is me. My substitute isdead." So when God's justice calls to me, a sinner, I do not answer to it! Why? Christ answered on my behalf long ago anddied for me! I am dead with Christ. "I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me." There is no legal charge that can be broughtbecause Christ has stood in my place, been punished in my place, been reckoned as if He were I, and now, this day, I am reckonedas if I were in Christ's place, even as He was reckoned to be in my place. You see where we begin, then. We begin needingJustification, for we have, first of all, the sin of our first parents. "All we like sheep have gone astray." We have, next,our own sins. "We have turned, everyone, to his own way." We have many sins of omission and of commission. "The Lord has laidon Him our iniquities." Whether they are iniquities of excess or of shortcoming, they are both laid upon Jesus Christ's head.We were guilty-we were so guilty, that by ourselves considered, we were under condemnation! "He that believes not is condemnedalready," and if we had remained as we were, we were heirs of wrath, even as others! And our sin deserved the same punishmentas others.
O you who are guilty, hear tonight what good news there is in this for you! Christ came to justify the ungodly. The Redeemerdied for those who have no righteousness of their own. "Scarcely for a righteous man will one die; perhaps for a good mansome would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly."Christ came to bring a righteousness to those who have none-to save the sinful, the vile, the Hell-deserving-He came to givethem His Righteousness, and to take upon Himself their sins. Oh, the wonders of Divine Grace-that whereas we need Justification,we are the very people He came to justify!
And now note, in the second place, these people in their second stage. They are instructed-they are made to know. The textsays, "By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many." That is to say-(you may read it as you have it in our version,if you like, but you will understand it better if you read it-and it will be quite as correct -thus)- "by the knowledge ofHim shall My righteous Servant justify many. "That is to say, when the soul knows Christ, knows Him, believes Him, learnsHim and trusts Him, then it is justified! You see there are no doingsin the process-there are no feelings in the matter. Itis knowing, which is another word for believing-for we know Him when we believe Him! And we inevitably believe Him when wetruly and really know Him. The heart understands Christ through hearing-and through the hearing of Him, it comes to believeHim! And when the heart knows Christ and believes Him, it is then justified. But suppose the text means this, "By His knowledge"-(thatis, the knowledge which He gives)-"He justifies many." That knowledge is contained in His Word-it fell from His own lips-youhave heard it tonight! We have preached it to you! It is not the knowledge Moses brought-it is the knowledge that Christ brought."Whoever believes on Him is not condemned." May it be knowledge to your soul by His teaching it to your soul! By His DivineSpirit, He teaches to profit. But, dear Hearer, do see this-the whole way of my getting the result of Christ's Sacrifice isby knowing and believing-not by doing! We are justified by faith, and not by the works of the Law. "By the works of the Lawshall no flesh be justified." "By the Law is the knowledge of sin." "Grace and peace come by Jesus Christ," and they cometo us through believing or through knowing-by knowing Him, by being made to know, through Him, that we are justified!
And please notice the peculiar Character in which Christ is known to the justified. They know Him as God's Servant and theyknow Him as bearing their iniquities. Some persons think a great deal of Christ in His Glory, and of Christ in His SecondAdvent. God forbid that I should have you forget Him in those Characters, or in any other! But the soul-saving aspect of Christis not His Glory, nor His Second Advent, but Christ the Servant and Christ the Sin-Bearer. It is from the Cross that the wordscome, "Look unto Me, and be you saved, all you ends of the earth." "I, if I am lifted up"-not on the Throne, but on the Cross-"I,if I am lifted up, will draw all men unto Me." "God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."Let who will preach Christ exalted, "we preach Christ Crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness,but unto us who are saved, the Wisdom of God and the Power of God." Do let me make this very clear, for, perhaps, some soulmight get the Light of God tonight! You have many sins upon you, Man. You can never get them off by any doings of your own!No obedience, or tears, or anything else which you can do, can make one spot of sin stir an inch! You are black as night,black as Hell, and you cannot make yourself white! But here it is-if you will know Jesus, if you will hear of Jesus, if youwill believe on Him-believe what He teaches. If you will believe that He is God's sent Servant, that He is the Propitiationfor sin, that He is the Sin-Bearer- and if you will trust Him with your sin, and with your soul-you are saved! No spot ofsin remains on you! This moment you are saved, for He shall justify, that is, make just, and that is an instantaneous work!A man may have been a condemned sinner five minutes ago, but the moment that he knows Christ, he is a justified soul! By thatvery knowledge, or, as I have said, by that faith, by that simple dependence on the Christ whom he has learned to know, theman is just and he may go on his way rejoicing!
So I shall close with that third aspect of the many. It is said, "He shall justify them. "What a grand word it is! "He shalljustify them." He shall make them just. It is a forensic, legal term. He shall make them just before the Court of God. Nownotice in the text the sins mentioned were real. The bearing of sin by Christ was real. Therefore the Justification in thetext is real. You see that thief on the cross? What a wretch he is! He has been guilty of every crime. His sins are real.But he believes in Jesus, Jesus the dying Savior, and his sins are forgiven! Now listen. That thief is a just man. "Why,"you say, "He has done no just action." I grant you that. He would if he could. He is now willing to confess the Master, forhe speaks a word of rebuke to the thief on the other side of the Cross. But I do not say he is just because of that He isjust because of nothing that he has done, but he is just because he believes in the dying Savior! And you, poor Sinner, thoughyou have never done a good work in your life, though you deserve to be damned to all eternity, though you have lived in everythingthat is vile, if you, this night, trust your soul to Jesus, and know Him, Jesus justifies you and you are really just!
And, what is more, you are forever just. You have a Justification that will never wear out, a Righteousness that will outlasttime itself! The tooth of decay shall never harm it, nor rust corrupt it, nor moth consume it. You are just and just forever!Do you understand me? I will make it plain, and put it in words that cannot be misunderstood. The soul that believes in Jesusis so justified that none can even lay anything to his charge. "Why," says one, "the man has been a very guilty man and liveda horrible life." So had Paul. He had been a foaming persecutor, raging against God's saints. But listen to Paul-"Who shalllay anything to the charge of God's elect?" Is not he afraid to say that? No, because he goes on to say, "It is God who justifies."Suppose the judge says in court, "That man is clear." It is no use anybody getting up and saying, "Let me come into the witnessbox-I have something against him." You are out of order, Sir. The judge says he is clear and that is enough. God says of theguiltiest soul, "I laid that man's sins on Christ. I punished Christ for that man and that man is clear." And if God saysyou are clear, who shall lay anything to your charge? Listen again. A Believer cannot be condemned. Do you doubt it? Paulshall speak again "Who is he that condemns?" Why, Paul, you have done much that you deserve to be condemned for! Oh, but hereit is. "It is Christ who died; yes, rather, that is risen again, who sits at the right hand of God, who also makes intercessionfor us." He means this-"How can you condemn me? Christ was condemned for me! He died. He rose again. That proved that I, myself,am not condemned! He had paid the debt, otherwise He had not been allowed to rise! He has gone into Heaven to plead for me,and He will be the Judge. And if He died for me, do you think that He who alone can condemn will condemn those whom He diedfor? Will He cast away His own chosen-condemn a limb of His own body and reject out of His own mouth the very soul to whomHe said, 'I have forgiven you, and blotted out your sin.'"? It cannot be!
The Believer, then, cannot be accused. He cannot be condemned and, consequently, he cannot be punished. What shall he be punishedfor? "For his sins," says one. He has not any! He has not any-they were laid on Christ! "He shall bear their iniquities."Can a sin be in two places at once? If my sins are on Christ, they cannot be on me. If God has laid the weight of my guilton Christ and Christ bore it and made an end of it, then I am clear of it as though I never sinned! Glory be to God for sucha Gospel as this-to think that a soul, condemned and lost by nature, should be made completely clean through the purging ofthe great atoning Sacrifice of our dear Lord and Master! For, mark you, there is more than that, for when Christ justifiesa man, He not only blots out his sin, but he is a just man, and the man is treated henceforth as if he were justNow the justshall be rewarded-the just shall have the favor of God! The just shall enter Heaven-and so shall you, poor guilty Sinner!If you trust Christ, that Righteousness of Christ becomes yours! I could preach all night upon such a subject, but I shouldweary you. I should not weary myself in thinking it over, though, nor should you in meditating upon it! It is enough to makeHeaven ring again and again with melody! I am sure it is God's Gospel, for nobody could have invented it-a plan so just toGod, so safe to man!
And I am all the more sure it is God's Gospel because there are many that hate it! They cannot bear it! How can they? Theyare righteous in themselves and hope to enter Heaven by their own works! They go about to establish their own righteousness,but this is as it always has been. As it was in Paul's day, so it is now-and this only confirms our confidence in the Gospelthat we preach! Believing this, I can go to my bed and fall asleep in peace, not caring whether I wake again or not this sideHeaven. Believing this, doubts and fears prevail not, for my soul flies to the atoning Sacrifice, again, and tells the devilthat my sins are no longer mine, but Christ's, or rather that they were imputed to Him, and laid upon Him and that He waspunished for them in my place, and I am clear for Christ has suffered for me! Believe this, dear Heart-believe it! You havenever heard a better Gospel! You have heard it better preached-but never better news came to your ears than this! And untilyou get to Heaven, you will never hear music that can beat this-the music of a Savior's wounds, groans and death in a poorsinner's place! I know what you will do if you believe it. You will go home glad of heart and the moment you get home youwill say, "I am a saved soul, for I have done with my former sins."
"'Now for the love I bear His name,
What was my gain I count my loss,
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to His Cross. Oh, you will have done with your old companions! The love of Christ will constrain you. Nothingcleanses the Augean stable of human nature like a stream of love and blood made to run through it! When Christ's sacrificecomes to a soul, it casts out sin and Satan, sets the man working at once-and none can work so vigorously as those who feelthat they owe all to the Grace of God, who feel that they have nothing to do to save themselves-they are saved! That workis all done forever! And now, out of gratitude, they give their whole life, and soul, and strength to spread abroad the Gospelof Jesus, now, and make God's names famous, even to the end of time! God bless you, dear Hearers. May this all be yours, forChrist's sake. Amen.