LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The Lost Sheep - by Spurgeon

From Spurgeon's, "The Parable of the Lost Sheep"

"Who for the JOY that was set before Him He endured the cross, despising the shame."

A great sorrow was on Christ when our load of sin was laid on him, but a greater joy flashed into his mind when he thought that we were by his death, recovered from our lost estate. He said to himself, "I have taken them up upon My shoulders,and none can hurt them now, neither can they wander to destruction. I am bearing their sin, and they shall never come into condemnation. The penalty of their guilt has been laid on Me that it may never be laid on them. I am an effectual and efficient Substitute for them. I am bearing their sin, that they may never bear My Father's righteous anger.

"His love to them made it a JOY for him to feel every lash of the scourge of justice! His love to them made it a delight that the nails should pierce his hands and feet! His love to them made it a JOY for him that his heart should be broken with the absence of his Father, God. Even "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"when the depths of its woe have been sounded, will be found to have pearls of joy in its caverns. No shout of triumph can equal that cry of grief, because ourLord joyed to bear even the forsaking by his Father, for the sin of his chosen ones, whom he had loved from before the foundation of the world.

Oh, you cannot understand it except in a very feeble measure!

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Blogger Kristine said...

Remarkabley said, as quite typical of the prince of preachers. Thanks for sharing this; I don't think I've ever read this one!

December 05, 2007 4:59 PM

Blogger Bhedr said...

Hallelujah. How could anyone have the heart to take the heart out of the gospel? The cross. Praise the Lord for these precious words and the soundness of men who called us to hope in this same Joy. Praise the Lord.

December 05, 2007 9:40 PM


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