[b]Make us 'clods of earth' into 'stars of glory'[/b]
(Thomas Watson, "The Lord's Supper")
Christ is that golden pipethrough which the golden oil
of salvation is transmitted to us.
"Because of His great love that He had for us" Ephesians 2:4
Nothing could fasten Jesus to the crossbut the golden link of love!
The emperor Trajan tore off a piece of his own robe to bind up
one of his soldier's wounds. But Christ tore off His own flesh for us!
"He gave Himself for us to redeem us." Titus 2:14. Christ gave
Himself for uswhat more could He give? If He had anything to
part with of more worthHe would have bestowed it upon us!
What astonishing lovethat Christ should die for such as we are.
What are we? Not only vanitybut enmity!
When we were rebellingHe was dying! When we had weapons
in our handsthen He had the spear in His side! This is the very
quintessence of love! "God demonstrates His own love for us in
this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!" Romans 5:8
When we were engulfed in misery and had lost our beautythen
Christ died for us. O amazing love, which should swallow up all
What astonishing lovethat Christ should die for usrather than
for the fallen angels. They were creatures of a more noble extraction
and, in all probability, might have brought greater revenues of glory
to God. Yet, that Christ should pass by those golden vessels, and
make us 'clods of earth' into 'stars of glory'O the hyperbole
of Christ's love!
What a stupendous love is this!
Who can meditate upon His loveand not be in ecstasy!
We may behold the odiousness of sinin the red looking-glass of
Christ's sufferings. Sin is to be abominated, since it turned Adam out
of paradise and threw the angels down to hell. Sin is the birthplace
of our sorrowsand the grave of our comforts. But that which may
most of all disfigure the face of sin and make it appear abominable
is thisIt crucified our Lord Jesus!
O let us look upon sin with indignation! When a temptation to sin
comeslet us say, "Is not this the sin which poured out Christ's
blood!" Let our hearts be enraged against sin!
When the senators of Rome showed the people Caesar's bloody
robe, they were incensed against those who slew him. Sin has
rent the white robe of Christ's fleshand died it a crimson color!
Let us, then, seek to be avenged of our sins!
Under the Law, if an ox gored a man so that he diedthe ox
was to be killed, Exodus 21:28. Sin has gored and pierced our
Savior! Let it die!
Let us be deeply affected with the great love of Christ for us.
Who can tread upon these hot coalsand his heart not burn?
Cry out with Ignatius, "Christ, my love, is crucified!"
If a friend would die for uswould not our hearts be much
affected with his kindness? That the God of heaven would
die for ushow should this stupendous mercy have a melting
influence upon us! The body of Christ brokenis enough to
break the most flinty heart. At our Savior's passion, "the
rocks split apart!" He who is not affected with Christ's love
has a heart harder than the rocks!
How should we be affected with Christ's kindness who, to
spare our lifelost His own! Let us pray that, as Christ was
fastened to the crossso He may be fasted to our hearts!
"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great
you will never fully understand it!" Ephesians 3:19
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