Evening, November 16, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Your eyes will see the King in His beauty.” — Isaiah 33:17
The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of him; and the more deeply you study his accomplishments in the eternal covenant, his engagements on your behalf as the eternal Guarantee, and the fullness of his grace which shines in all his functions, the more truly will you see the King in his beauty. Focus much on such outlooks. Long more and more to see Jesus. Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of agate, and gates of garnet, through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus in even a better way than we could have seen him if we had lived in the days of his time on earth. We would wish that our conversation were more towards heaven, and that we were more occupied with the person, the work, the beauty of our incarnate Lord. More meditation, and the beauty of the King would flash upon us with more resplendence. Beloved, it is very likely that when we come to die we shall have such a sight of our glorious King as we never had before. Many saints in dying have looked up from amidst the stormy waters, and have seen Jesus walking on the waves of the sea, and heard him say, “It is I, be not afraid.” Ah, yes! When this run-down house begins to shake, and the brick falls away, we see Christ through the gaps, and between the rafters the sunlight of heaven comes streaming in. But if we want to see face to face the “King in his beauty” we must go to heaven for the sight, or the King must come here in person. O that he would come on the wings of the wind! He is our Husband, and we are widowed by his absence; he is our Brother beloved and fair, and we are lonely without him. Thick veils and clouds hang between our souls and their true life: when shall the day break and the shadows flee away? Oh, long-expected day, begin!