Spurgeon Thursday

Excerpts from Justification By Grace, A sermon delivered on Sabbath morning 5 April, 1857

“The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary.  The house of consolation is built with the wood of the Cross.  The temple of Heavenly cordials is founded upon the split Rock, split by the spear which pierced its side.  No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like the scene on Calvary…

Let me just endeavor to show you some qualities of the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus. You will remember the multitude He has redeemed. Not I, alone, nor you, alone, but “a multitude that no man can number.” A number which shall as far exceed the stars of Heaven, as they exceed all mortal reckoning! Christ has bought for Himself some out of every kingdom and nation and tongue under Heaven! He has redeemed from among men some of every rank, from the highest to the lowest, some of every color—black and white—some of every standing in society, the best and the worst, for some of all sorts has Jesus Christ given Himself a Ransom that they might be redeemed unto Himself!   Now, concerning this Ransom, we have to observe that it was all paid and all paid at once. When Christ redeemed His people, He did it thoroughly. He did not leave a single debt unpaid, nor yet one farthing for them to settle after-wards. God demanded of Christ the payment for the sins of all His people. Christ stood forward and to the utmost farthing paid whatever His people owed. The Sacrifice of Calvary was not a partial payment—it was not a partial exoneration—it was a complete and perfect payment and it obtained a complete and perfect remittal of all the debts of all Believers that have lived, do live, or shall live to the very end of time! On that day when Christ hung on the Cross, He did not leave a single farthing for us to pay as a satisfaction to God. He did not leave, from a thread even to a shoelace, that He had not satisfied. The whole of the demands of the Law were paid then and there by Jehovah Jesus, the great High Priest of all His people! And blessed be His name, He paid it all at once, too! So priceless was the Ransom, so princely and munificent was the price demanded for our souls, one might have thought it would have been marvelous if Christ had paid it by installments—some of it now and some of it then. Kings’ ransoms have sometimes been paid part at once and part in dues afterwards to run through years. But not so our Savior—once and for all He gave Himself as a Sacrifice. At once He counted down the price and said, “It is finished,” leaving nothing for Him to do, nor for us to accomplish.  He did not drivel out a partial payment and then declare that He would come again to die, or that He would again suffer, or that He would again obey. But down upon the nail, to the utmost farthing, the Ransom of all His elect was paid and a full receipt given to them.  Christ nailed that receipt to His Cross and said, “It is done, it is done. I have taken away the handwriting of ordinances, I have nailed it to the Cross.  Who is he that shall condemn My people or lay anything to their charge? For I have blotted out like a cloud their transgressions and like a thick cloud their sins!”

And when Christ paid this Ransom, you will notice that He did it all Himself! He was very particular about that. Simon, the Pyrenean, might bear the Cross but Simon, the Pyrenean, might not be nailed to it. That sacred circle of Calvary was kept for Christ, alone. Two thieves were with Him there, not righteous men, lest any should have said that the death of those two righteous men helped the Savior. Two thieves hung there with Him, that men might see that there was majesty in His misery and that He could pardon men and show His Sovereignty even when He was dying! There were no righteous men to suffer. No disciples shared His death. Peter was not dragged there to be beheaded.  John was not nailed to a cross side by side with Him.  He was left there alone! He says, “I have trodden the winepress alone. And of the people there was none with Me.”  The whole of the tremendous debt was put upon His shoulders!  The whole weight of the sins of all His people was placed upon Him! Once He seemed to stagger under it—“Father, if it is possible.” But again He stood upright—“Nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.” The whole of the punishment of His people was distilled into one cup—no mortal lips might give it so much as a solitary sip!  When He put it to His own lips, it was so bitter, He well near spurned it.  “Let this cup pass from Me.” But His love for His people was so strong that He took the cup in both His hands and— ‘At one tremendous draught of love He drank damnation dry,’ for all His people!  He drank it all, He endured all, He suffered all – so that now and forever there are no flames of Hell for them, no racks of torment!  They have no eternal woes – Christ has suffered all they ought to have suffered and they must, they shall go free!  The work was completely done by Himself, without a helper!

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