Evening, November 22, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The power of his resurrection.” — Philippians 3:10
The doctrine of a risen Savior is exceedingly precious. The resurrection is the corner-stone of the entire building of Christianity. It is the keystone of the arch of our salvation. It would take a volume to set forth all the streams of living water which flow from this one sacred source, the resurrection of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; but to know that he has risen, and to have fellowship with him as such–communing with the risen Savior by possessing a risen life–and seeing him leave the tomb by leaving the tomb of worldliness ourselves, this is even still more precious.
The doctrine is the basis of the experience, but as the flower is more lovely than the root, so is the experience of fellowship with the risen Savior more lovely than the doctrine itself. I would have your belief that Christ rose from the dead inspire you to sing of it, and derive all the comfort which it is possible for you to extract from this well-ascertained and well-witnessed fact; but I implore you, do not rest contented even there. Though you cannot, like the disciples, see him visibly, yet I bid you aspire to see Christ Jesus by the eye of faith; and though, like Mary Magdalene, you may not “touch” him, yet may you be privileged to converse with him, and to know that he is risen, you yourselves being risen in him to newness of life. To know a crucified Savior as having crucified all my sins, is a high degree of knowledge; but to know a risen Savior as having justified me, and to realize that he has bestowed upon me new life, having made me to be a new creature through his own newness of life, this is a noble style of experience: short of it, none ought to rest satisfied. May you both “know him, and the power of his resurrection.” Why should souls who are made alive with Jesus, wear the grave clothes of worldliness and unbelief? Rise, for the Lord is risen.