Evening, August 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins.” — Matthew 9:6

Behold one of the great Physician’s mightiest skills: he has power to forgive sin! While he lived here below, before the ransom had been paid, before the blood had been literally sprinkled on the mercy-seat, he had power to forgive sin. Doesn’t he have power to do it now that he has died? What power must dwell in him who has faithfully discharged the debts of his people to the last penny! He has boundless power now that he has finished transgression and made an end of sin. If you doubt it, envision him rising from the dead! Behold him in ascending splendor raised to the right hand of God! Hear him pleading before the eternal Father, pointing to his wounds, imploring the application of the merit of his holy passion! What power to forgive is here! “He has ascended on high, and given gifts to men.” “He is exalted on high to give repentance and remission of sins.” The most crimson sins are removed by the crimson of his blood. At this moment, dear reader, whatever your sinfulness, Christ has power to pardon — power to pardon you — and millions just like you. A word will accomplish it. He has nothing more to do to win your pardon; all the atoning work is done. He can, in answer to your tears, forgive your sins today, and make you know it. He can breathe into your soul at this very moment a peace with God which passes all understanding, which shall result from the complete remission of your countless iniquities. Do you believe that? I trust you believe it. May you experience now the power of Jesus to forgive sin! Waste no time in applying to the Physician of souls, but hurry to him with words like these:

“Jesus! Master! hear my cry;

Save me, heal me with a word;

Fainting at thy feet I lie,

Thou my whisper’d cry hast heard.”