Evening, January 16, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The Messiah will be cut off and have nothing.” — Daniel 9:26
Blessed be his name, there was no cause for death in him. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled him, and therefore death had no claim upon him. No man could have taken his life from him justly, for he had done no man wrong, and no man could even have slain him by force unless he had been pleased to yield himself to die. But look, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offerings, seas of the blood of bulls, and hills of frankincense, could not have availed for the removal of sin; but Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away forever.
Here is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised!
Here is divinity descended, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross!
Here is love, which led the Redeemer to lay down his life for his enemies!
It is not enough, however, to admire the spectacle of the innocent bleeding for the guilty, we must make sure of our investment there. The special objective of the Messiah’s death was the salvation of his church; do have we a part and a portion among those for whom he gave his life a ransom? Did the Lord Jesus stand as our representative? Are we healed by his stripes? It will be a terrible thing indeed if we should come short of a portion in his sacrifice; it would be better for us that we had never been born. Solemn as the question is, it is a joyful circumstance that it is one which may be answered clearly and without mistake. To all who believe on him the Lord Jesus is a present Savior, and upon them all the blood of reconciliation has been sprinkled. Let all who trust in the merit of Messiah’s death be joyful at every remembrance of him, and let their holy gratitude lead them to the fullest dedication to his cause.