Morning, March 26, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way.” — John 18:8
Mark, my soul, the care which Jesus demonstrated towards the sheep of his hand even in his hour of trial ! The ruling passion is strong even facing death. He resigns himself to the enemy, but he interposes a word of power to set his disciples free. As to himself, like a sheep before her shearers, he did not open his mouth, but for his disciples’ sake he speaks with almighty power. Here is love, constant, self-forgetting, faithful love. But is there not far more here than is to be found upon the surface? Have we not the very soul and spirit of the atonement in these words? The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep and pleads that they must therefore go free. The debt is guaranteed, and justice demands that those for whom he stands as a substitute should go their way. In the midst of Egypt’s bondage, that voice rings as a word of power, “Let these go their way.” Out of the slavery of sin and Satan the redeemed must come. In every cell of the dungeons of Despair, the sound is echoed, “Let these go their way,” and out come Despondency and Much-afraid. Satan hears the well-known voice, and lifts his foot from the neck of the fallen; and Death hears it, and the grave opens her gates to let the dead arise. Their way is one of progress, holiness, triumph, glory, and none shall dare to delay them in it. No lion shall be in their way; neither shall any ravenous beast go there. “The hind of the morning” has drawn the cruel hunters upon himself, and now the most timid does and hinds of the field may graze at perfect peace among the lilies of his loves. The thundercloud has burst over the Cross of Calvary, and the pilgrims of Zion shall never be struck by the bolts of vengeance. Come, my heart, rejoice in the immunity which yoiur Redeemer has secured you, and bless his name all the day, and every day.