Evening, March 28, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“As a soothing aroma I will accept you.” — Ezekiel 20:41
The merits of our great Redeemer are as a soothing aroma to the Most High. Whether we speak of the active or passive righteousness of Christ, there is an equal fragrance. There was a sweet aroma in his active life by which he honored the law of God, and made every precept to glitter like a precious jewel in the pure setting of his own person. Such, too, was his passive obedience, when he endured with uncomplaining submission, hunger and thirst, cold and nakedness, and at length sweating great drops of blood in Gethsemane, giving his back to the floggers, and his cheeks to those that plucked out his hair, and was fastened to the cruel wood, that he might suffer the wrath of God for our behalf. These two things are lovely before the Most High; and for the sake of his doing and his dying, his substitutionary sufferings and obedience, the Lord our God accepts us. What a great value there must be in him to overcome our lack of value! What a precious aroma to put away our adverse aroma! What a cleansing power in his blood to take away sin such as ours! And what glory in his righteousness to make such unacceptable creatures to be accepted in the Beloved! Take note, believer, how sure and unchanging our acceptance must be, since it is in him! Take care that you never doubt your acceptance in Jesus. You cannot be accepted without Christ; but, when you have received his merit, you cannot be rejected. Despite all your doubts, and fears, and sins, Jehovah’s gracious eye never looks upon you in anger; though he sees sin in you, in yourself, yet when he looks at you through Christ, he sees no sin. You are always accepted in Christ, are always blessed and dear to the Father’s heart. Therefore, lift up a song, and as you see the smoking incense of the merit of the Savior coming up, this evening, before the sapphire throne, let the incense of your praise go up also.