Evening, August 26, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Immediately, when the entire crowd saw Him, they were amazed and began running up to greet Him.” — Mark 9:15
How dramatic a difference between Moses and Jesus! When the prophet Moses had spent forty days upon the mountain of Horeb, he underwent a kind of transfiguration, so that his visage shone with exceeding brightness, and he put a veil over his face, for the people could not endure to look upon his glory. Not so our Savior. He had been transfigured with a greater glory than that of Moses, and yet, it is not written that the people were blinded by the blaze of his appearance, but rather they were amazed, and running to him they greeted him. The glory of the law repels, but the greater glory of Jesus attracts. Though Jesus is holy and just, there is blended with his purity so much of truth and grace, that sinners run to him amazed at his goodness, fascinated by his love; they acknowledge him, become his disciples, and take him to be their Lord and Master. Reader, it may be that at this point you are blinded by the dazzling brightness of the law of God. You feel its claims on your conscience, but you cannot obey it in your life. Not that you find fault with the law, on the contrary, it commands your profoundest esteem, still you are in no way drawn by it to God; you are rather hardened in heart, and are verging towards desperation. Ah, poor heart! Turn your eye from Moses, with all his repelling splendor, and look to Jesus, resplendent with kinder glories. Behold his flowing wounds and thorn-crowned head! He is the Son of God, and in that he is greater than Moses, but he is the Lord of love, and in that more tender than the lawgiver. He bore the wrath of God, and in his death revealed more of God’s justice than Sinai, blazing and thundering, but that justice is now vindicated, and from this time forward it is the guardian of believers in Jesus. Look, sinner, to the bleeding Savior, and as you feel the attraction of his love, fly to his arms, and you will be saved.