Morning, August 24, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The breaker goes come up before them.” — Micah 2:13
Since Jesus has gone before us, things aren’t the same as they would have been had he never passed that way. He has conquered every foe that obstructed the way. Cheer up now, fearful warrior. Not only has Christ travelled the road, but he has slain your enemies. Do you dread sin? He has nailed it to his cross. Do you fear death? He has been the death of Death. Are you afraid of hell? He has barred it against the arrival of any of his children; they shall never see the gulf of the inferno. Whatever adversaries may be before the Christian, they are all overcome. There are lions, but their teeth are broken; there are serpents, but their fangs are extracted; there are rivers, but they are bridged or fordable; there are flames, but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable to fire. The sword that has been forged against us is already blunted; the instruments of war which the enemy is preparing have already lost their force. God has taken away in the person of Christ all the power that anything can have to hurt us. All is well then, the army may safely march on, and you may go joyously along your journey, for all your enemies are conquered beforehand. What shall you do but march on to take the prey? They are beaten, they are vanquished; all you must do is to divide the spoil. You shall — it is true — often engage in combat; but your fight shall be with a vanquished foe. His head is broken; he may attempt to injure you, but his strength shall not be sufficient for his malicious strategy. Your victory shall be easy, and your treasure shall be beyond all estimation.
“Proclaim aloud the Savior’s fame,
Who bears the Breaker’s wondrous name;
Sweet name; and it becomes him well,
Who breaks down earth, sin, death, and hell.”