Evening, February 27, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” — Micah 5:2
The Lord Jesus had gone forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was “from the days of eternity” that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, in the behalf of his people; it was “from the days of eternity” that he gave himself up without murmuring a word. It was “from the days of eternity” that he might sweat great drops of blood from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot, that he might be spit upon, pierced, mocked, torn asunder, and crushed beneath the pains of death. His goings forth as our Surety, our guaranteed substitute, were from everlasting. Pause, my soul, and wonder! You have goings forth in the person of Jesus “from everlasting.” Not only when you were born into the world did Christ love you, but his delight was in the sons of men before there were any sons of men. Often did he think of them; from everlasting to everlasting he had set his affection upon them. What! My soul, has he been concerned so long about your salvation, and will not he accomplish it? Has he from everlasting been going forth to save me, and will he lose me now? What! Has he carried me in his hand, as his precious jewel, and will he now let me slip from between his fingers? Did he choose me before the mountains were brought forth, or the channels of the deep were dredged, and will he reject me now? Impossible! I am sure he would not have loved me so long if he had not been a changeless Lover. If he could grow weary of me, he would have been tired of me long before now. If he had not loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, he would have turned from me long ago. Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am his everlasting and inalienable inheritance, given to him by his Father before the earth ever was! Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night.