Friday, May 2

The Bitterness of the Cross by Spurgeon

The Bitterness of the Cross by Spurgeon
In the light of Calvary, sin does like itself appear; and what is the likeness of sin there? Why, the murderer of the Son of God — the murderer of the Prince of Life — the murderer of man’s best Friend, whose only crime was this — “found guilty of excess of love,” and therefore He must die. O sin, is this what you are? Are you a God-killing thing? I have heard of men being guilty of regicide; but what shall I say concerning Deicide? Yet sin virtually, and as much as it can, stabs at the Godhead, crying, with the wicked husbandmen, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.” This is the terrible character of sin — it will imbrue its hands in the blood of Him who is perfectly innocent and perfectly benevolent, it will take man’s best Friend by the throat, condemn Him as if He were a felon, nail Him to a gibbet, and then stand and gaze at Him, and mock His very death-throes. There is nothing upon earth that is so devilish as sin. Oh, to what extremes of atrocity has sin not gone! And such is your sin and mine, to a greater or less degree. A sight of the cross, therefore, brings bitterness into the soul, because it shows us what sin is, and what are its ultimate issues and true designs if it could carry them out. Never do we smite upon our breast so hard as when we see the cross of Jesus. We are condemned at the mercy-seat even more fully than we are at the judgment-seat.


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