Thy Sufferings Were for Me

Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. -Romans 3:24

Jesus, I believe that Thy sufferings were for me; and I believe that they are more than enough to satisfy for all my sins. By faith I cast myself at the foot of Thy cross and cling to it. This is my only hope, my shelter, and my shield. It cannot be, that God can smite me now. Justice itself prevents, for when Justice once is satisfied it were injustice if it should ask for more. Now, is it not clear enough to the eye of every one, whose soul has been aroused, that Justice stands no longer in the way of the sinner’s pardon? God can be just, and yet the justifier. He has punished Christ, why should He punish twice for one offense? Christ has died for all His people’s sins, and if thou art in the covenant, thou art one of Christ’s people. Damned thou canst not be. Suffer for thy sins thou canst not. Until God can be unjust, and demand two payments for one debt, He cannot destroy the soul for whom Jesus died. “Away goes universal redemption,” says one. Yes, away it goes, indeed. I am sure there is nothing about that in the Word of God. A redemption that does not redeem is not worth my preaching, or your hearing, Christ redeemed every soul that is saved; no more, and no less. Every spirit that shall be seen in heaven Christ bought. If He had redeemed those in hell, they never could have come there. He has bought His people with His blood, and they alone shall He bring with Him. “But who are they?” says one. Thou art one, if thou believest. Thou art one if thou repentest of thy sin. If thou wilt now take Christ to be thy all in all, then thou art one of His.~C.H. Spurgeon


If Justice Should Accuse You

“It is finished!” – John 19:30

If you will please for a moment to consider how terrible were the agonies of Christ, which, mark you, He endured in the room, the place, the stead of all poor penitent sinners, of all those who confess their sins and believe in Him;…Doth Justice come to thee this morning, and say, “Sinner, thou hast sinned, I will punish thee?” Answer thus-“Justice, thou hast punished all my sins. All I ought to have suffered has been suffered by my substitute, Jesus….” But if Justice still accuse, and conscience clamour, go thou and take Justice with thee to Gethsemane, and stand there with it: see that Man so oppressed with grief, that all His head, His hair, His garments bloody be…Dost thou see that Man there!…In a whole hell there is not so much dignity of vengeance as there is in the garden of Gethsemane…Come, Justice, to the hall of Pilate. Seest thou that Man arraigned, accused, charged with sedition and with blasphemy! See Him taken to the guard-room, spat upon, buffetted with hands, crowned with thorns, robed in mockery, and insulted with a reed for a sceptre…Let me show thee this Man on the pavement…Stand, Justice, and listen to those stripes, those bloody scourges, and as they fall upon His devoted back and plough deep furrows there, dost thou see thong-full after thong-full of His quivering flesh torn from His poor bare back! Art not content yet, Justice? Then what will satisfy thee? “Nothing,” says Justice, “but His death.” Come thou with me, then thou canst see that feeble Man hurried through the streets! Seest thou Him driven to the top of Calvary, hurled on His back, nailed to the transverse wood? Oh, Justice, canst thou see His dislocated bones, now that His cross is lifted up?..And lastly, O Justice, dost thou see Him bow His head, and die? “Yes,” saith Justice, “and I am satisfied; I have nothing that I can ask more; I am fully content; my uttermost demands are more than satisfied.”

Guilty though I am and vile, can I not plead that this bloody sacrifice is enough to satisfy God’s demands against me? Oh, yes, I trust I can. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

When God Stooped to Suffer

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. -2Corinthians 5:21

Jesus, the eternal Son of God, “very God of very God,” who had been hymned through eternal ages by joyous angels, who had been the favourite of His Father’s court, exalted high above principalities and powers, and every name that is named, He Himself condescended to become man; was born of the Virgin Mary; was cradled in a manger; lived a life of suffering, and at last died a death of agony. If you will but think of the wondrous person whom Jesus was-as very God of very God, king of angels, creator, preserver, Lord of all-I think you will see that in His sufferings, the law received a greater vindication than it could have done even in the sufferings of all the men that have ever lived or ever could live. If God had consumed the whole human race, if all the worlds that float in ether had been sacrificed as one mighty holocaust to the vengeance of the law, it would not have been so well vindicated as when Jesus died. For the deaths of all men and all angels would have been but the deaths and sufferings of creatures; but when Jesus died, the Creator Himself underwent the pang, it was the divine preserver of the world hanging on the cross. There is such dignity in the Godhead, that all it does is marvelous and infinite in its merit; and when He stooped to suffer, when He bowed His awful head, cast aside His diadem of stars to have His brow girt about with thorns; when His hands that once swayed the sceptre of all worlds were nailed to the tree; when His feet that erst had pressed the clouds, when these were fastened to the wood, then did the law receive an honour such as it never could have received if a whole universe in one devouring conflagration had blazed and burned for ever.~ C.H. Spurgeon

Justice Satisfied

To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. -Romans 3:26

Justice has been satisfied through the substitution of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. When man sinned the law demanded that man must be punished. The first offense of man was committed by Adam, who was the representative of the entire race. When God would punish sin, in His own infinite mind He thought of the blessed expedient, not of punishing His people, but of punishing their representative, the covenant head, the second Adam. It was by one man, the first man, that sin entered into the world, and death by sin. It was by another man, the second Adam, who is the Lord from heaven, it was by Him that this sin was borne; by Him its punishment was endured; by Him the whole wrath of heaven was suffered. And through that second representative of manhood, Jesus, the second Adam, God is now able and willing to forgive the vilest of the vile, and justify even the ungodly, and He is able to do so without the slightest violation of His justice. For, mark, when Jesus Christ the Son of God suffered on the tree, He did not suffer for Himself. He had no sin, either natural or actual. He had done nothing whatever that could bring Him under the ban of heaven, or subject His holy soul and His perfect body to grief and pain. When He suffered it was as a substitute. He died-“the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.” Had His sorrows been personally deserved they would have had no efficacy in them. But inasmuch as for sins not His own He died to atone; inasmuch as He was punished, not for any guilt that He had done or could do, but for the guilt incurred by others, there was a merit and an efficacy in all that He suffered, by which the law was satisfied, and God is able to forgive.~ C.H. Spurgeon


God is a Just God

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. -1John 1:9

When the soul is seriously impressed with the conviction of its guilt, when terror and alarm get hold upon it concerning the inevitable consequences of its sin, the soul is afraid of God. It dreads at that time every attribute of divinity. But most of all the sinner is afraid of God’s justice. “Ah,” saith he to himself, “God is a just God; and if so, how can He pardon my sins? for my iniquities cry aloud for punishment, and my transgressions demand that His right hand should smite me low. How can I be saved? Were God unjust, He might forgive: but, alas! He is not so, He is severely just. ‘He layeth justice to the line, and righteousness to the plummet.’ He is the judge of all the earth, and He must do right. How then can I escape from His righteous wrath which must be stirred up against me?”…It is true that God is just…let hell’s bottomless lake declare what is the awful vengeance of God against the sins of man. Let the sighs, and groans, and moans, and shrieks of spirits condemned of God, rise in your ears, and bear witness that He is a God who will not spare the guilty, who will not wink at iniquity, transgression, and sin, but who will have vengeance upon every rebel, and will give justice its full satisfaction for every offence.

Wonder ye heavens! be astonished O earth! that very justice which stood in the sinner’s way and prevented his being pardoned, has been by the gospel of Christ appeased; by the rich atonement offered upon Calvary, justice is satisfied, has sheathed its sword, and has now not a word to say against the pardon of the penitent. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Turn Unto Me and Live

Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

Come, poor sinner, come and put thy trust in my Master! Thou canst not think Him hard-hearted. If He were, why did He die? Dost thou think Him unkind? Then why did He bleed? Thou art inclined to think so hardly of Him! Thou art making great cuts at His heart when thou thinkest Him to be untender and ungenerous. “As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, but rather that he would turn unto Me and live.” This is the voice of the God whom you look upon as so sternly just!..You working men, you labouring men, Christ bids you come to Him “all ye that labour.” And you who are unhappy, you who know you have done wrong, and cannot sleep at night because of it; you who are troubled about sin, and would fain go and hide your heads, and get- “Anywhere, anywhere out of the world,”-your Father says to you one and all, “Run not from Me, but come to Me, My child!” Jesus, who died, says, “Flee not from Me, but come to Me, for I will accept you; I will receive you; I cast out none that come unto Me. “Sinner, Jesus never did reject a coming soul yet, and He never will. Oh! try Him! Try Him! Now come, with thy sins about thee just as thou art, to the bleeding, dying Saviour, and He will say to thee, “I have blotted out thy sins; go and sin no more; I have forgiven thee.” May God grant thee grace to put thy trust in Him “who gave Himself for us”! ~ C.H. Spurgeon