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The Plague of Sin

The following is from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon:

All the filth and loathsomeness that ever offended eye and nostril, is sweetness itself compared with sin. The foulest and most detestable thing in the whole universe is sin!

Sin is that which keeps the fire of hell burning as God’s great sanitary necessity. Well may God cause the fiery flames of eternal torment to go up for ever and ever, for it is only by such terrific punishment that the plague of sin can be at all restrained within bounds.

Sin is a horrible evil, a deadly poison; and yet, sinner, though you be as full of sin as an egg is full of meat, and as reeking with sin as the foulest piece of noxious matter can be reeking with foul smell — yet the infinite mercy of God in Christ Jesus can lift you from this utmost degradation, and make you to shine as a star in his kingdom at the last!

To know that my Beloved is mine, and that I am his, and that he loved me and gave himself for me, this is far better than to be heir-apparent to a score of empires! (“From the Dunghill to the Throne” No. 658)

Rising to Dignity

Quoting Charles H. Spurgeon:

If there is one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe.

Come here, gracious souls, and behold the man in the garden of Gethsemane– behold his heart so brimming with love that he cannot hold it in – so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distills from every pore of his body, and falls upon the ground.

Behold the man as they drive the nails into his hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery! Behold the man when all his bones are out of joint, and he is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death. God has forsaken him, and hell compasses him about.

Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto this sorrow that is done unto him? All you that pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched! Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in his agonies! Gaze upon him, you mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ, there is no joy in earth or heaven.

If in the ransom price of his blood there be not hope, you harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross-foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We have but to see his sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention. We have but to gaze into his wounds and heal our own!

If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of his death. If we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering his humiliation and his sorrow. (“Behold the man!”)

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