Evening, March 26, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“When He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” — Mark 8:38
If we have been participants with Jesus in his shame, we shall be sharers with him in the radiance which shall surround him when he appears again in glory. Are you, beloved one, walking with Christ Jesus? Does a vital union knit you to him? Then you are with him in his shame today; you have taken up his cross and gone with him outside the camp bearing his reproach; you shall doubtless be with him when the cross is exchanged for the crown. But judge yourself this evening; for if you are not with him in his death and rebirth, neither will you be with him when he shall come in his glory. If you step back from the black side of communion, you shall not understand its bright, its happy period, when the King shall come, and all his holy angels with him. What! Are angels with him? And yet he did not take up angels—he took up the offspring of Abraham. Are the holy angels with him? Come, my soul, if you are indeed his own beloved, you cannot not be far from him. If his friends and his neighbors are called together to see his glory, what do you think if you are married to him? Shalt you be distant? Though it be a day of judgment, yet you cannot not be far from that heart which, having admitted angels into intimacy, has admitted you into union. Has he not said to you, O my soul, “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion?” Have not his own lips said it, ” For I delight in you, And to Me your land will be married?” If the angels, who are but friends and neighbors, shall be with him, it is abundantly certain that his own beloved Hephzibah, in whom all his delight is, shall be near to him, and sit at his right hand. Here is a morning star of hope for you, of such surpassing brilliance, that it may well light up the darkest and most desolate experience.