[b]Suffering, groaning, dying![/b]
(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State")
"He who did not spare His own Son!" Romans 8:32
Behold how an angry God dealt with His own Son, standing
in the place of elect sinners! Sparing mercy might have been
expected here--if any place at all. If any person could have
obtained sparing mercy, surely His own Son would have! But
God did not even spare His own Son! The Father's delight--is
made a man of sorrows! He who is the wisdom of God--becomes
sore amazed, ready to faint away in a fit of horror. The weight
of this wrath makes Him sweat great drops of blood. By the
fierceness of this fire--His heart was melted like wax.
Behold, here, how severe God is against sin!
The sun was struck blind with this terrible sight!
What is a deluge, a shower of fire and brimstone, on the
people of Sodom; the terrible noise of a dissolving world,
the whole fabric of heaven and earth disuniting at once,
and angels cast down from heaven into the bottomless pit!
What are all these, I say, in comparison with this--God
in human nature suffering, groaning, dying upon a
cross! Infinite holiness did it, to make sin look like
itself, that is, infinitely odious.
Turn your eyes, O sinners, towards the Lord Jesus Christ;
and embrace Him, as He offers Himself in the gospel.
"Salvation is found in no one else!" Acts 4:12.
God is a consuming fire; you are children of wrath; if the
Mediator does not interpose between Him and you--you
are undone forever! If you would be safe, come under His
shadow--one drop of that wrath cannot fall there, for He
"delivers us from the wrath to come," 1 Thess. 1:10. His
blood will quench that fire of wrath which burns
against you! In the white raiment of His righteousness
you will be safe; for no storm of wrath can pierce it.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon