Morning, April 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” — Luke 23:31
Among other interpretations of this interesting question, the following is full of teaching: “If the innocent substitute for sinners suffers like this, what will be done when the unrepentant sinner himself—the dry tree—shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, he did not spare him; and when he finds the unregenerate without Christ, he will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by his enemies: so also shall you be dragged away by fiends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted by God; and if he, who was only attributed to be a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” What an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, “O God! O God! why have you forsaken me?”, and the answer shall come back, “Because you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes.” If God spared not his own Son, how much less will he spare you! What whips of burning wire will be yours when conscience shall strike you with all its terrors. You richest, you happiest, you most self-righteous sinners—who would stand in your place when God shall say, “Awake, O sword, against the man that rejected me; strike him, and let him feel the pain forever?” Jesus was spit upon: sinner, what shame will be yours! We cannot sum up in one word all the mass of sorrows which combined upon the head of Jesus who died for us; therefore it is impossible for us to tell you what streams, what oceans of grief must roll over your spirit if you die as you now are. You may die in that state; you may die even now. By the agonies of Christ, by his wounds and by his blood, do not bring upon yourselves the wrath to come! Trust in the Son of God, and you shall never die.