Evening, June 4, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Taken up in glory.” — 1 Timothy 3:16
We have seen our cherished Lord in the days of his humanity, humiliated and sorely tormented; for he was “despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He wore the sackcloth of sorrow as his daily dress, he whose brightness is as the morning: shame was his cloak, and reproach was his clothing. Yet now, in so much as he has triumphed over all the powers of darkness upon the bloody tree, our faith beholds our King returning with dyed garments from Edom, robed in the splendor of victory. How glorious must he have been in the eyes of seraphim, when a cloud received him out of mortal sight, and he ascended up to heaven! Now he wears the glory which he had with God before the earth began, and yet another glory above all—that one which he has well earned in the fight against sin, death, and hell. As victor he wears the illustrious crown. Hear how the song raises high! It is a new and pleasing song: “Worthy are You who was slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation!” He wears the glory of an Intercessor who can never fail, of a Prince who can never be defeated, of a Conqueror who has vanquished every foe, of a Lord who has the heart’s allegiance of every subject. Jesus wears all the glory which the splendor of heaven can bestow upon him, which ten thousand times ten thousand angels can minister to him. You cannot conceive of his surpassing greatness with your utmost stretch of imagination; yet there will be a further revelation of it when he shall descend from heaven in great power, with all the holy angels; “Then He will sit on His glorious throne.” Oh, the splendor of that glory! It will overwhelm his people’s hearts. Nor is this the conclusion, for eternity shall sound his praise, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever!” Reader, if you would rejoice in Christ’s glory for all time, he must be glorious in your sight now. Is he so?