My Substitute, My Hope

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 3:11

There is only one hope for a poor sinner from the justice of Jehovah; and that is in the “Man of sorrows acquainted with grief,” who “gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair.”…Dost thou not know that the law which God made on Sinai has been broken by us all, and that God, the “jealous God,” will “by no means spare the guilty?” And dost thou not know, O sinner, that thou must offer something to God, to make up a recompense for what thou hast done? Dost thou not know, that God is so angry with the man who sins, that He will damn that man, unless there is some one who will be damned for him, and suffer the punishment in his stead? And dost thou not know, that our religion is a religion of substitution-that Jesus Christ the Son of God became man; that He might take the punishment we ought to have had; that He bore the wrath we ought to have borne; that He took the guilt we committed, just as the scape-goat of old did, and carried it right away into the wilderness of forgetfulness; so that now a sinner who is putting his trust in that substitution can escape punishment.

Precious Jesus! what a substitute Thou wast for guilt? Sweet Lord Jesus! I kiss Thy wounds this day; Thou Man! Thou God! Thou who didst wrestle with Jacob! Thou who didst walk with Abraham, the man of God, of Mamre! Thou who stoodst in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! Thou Son of God, Thou Son of Man, who didst appear to Joshua with Thy sword drawn! I worship Thee, my substitute, my hope! Oh! that others might do so, too…accept Him as their Saviour! ~ C.H. Spurgeon

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/sermons/0063.cfm

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