Evening, June 11, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war.” — Psalm 76:3
Our Redeemer’s glorious cry of “It is finished,” was the death-knell of all the adversaries of his people, the breaking of “the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war.” Behold the hero of Golgotha using his cross as an anvil, and his woes as a hammer, dashing to splinters bundle after bundle of our sins, those poisoned “arrows of the bow;” trampling on every indictment, and destroying every accusation. What glorious blows the mighty Breaker gives with a hammer far more extraordinary than the fabled weapon of Thor! How the diabolical darts fly into fragments, and the infernal shields are broken like potters’ vessels! Behold, he draws from its sheath of hellish workmanship the dread sword of Satanic power! He snaps it across his knee, as a man breaks the dry wood of a stick, and casts it into the fire. Beloved, no sin of a believer can now be an arrow to wound him mortally, no condemnation can now be a sword to kill him, for the punishment of our sin was borne by Christ; a full atonement was made for all our iniquities by our blessed Substitute and Surety. Who now accuses? Who now condemns? Christ has died, yes, rather, has risen again. Jesus has emptied the quivers of hell, has quenched every fiery dart, and broken off the head of every arrow of wrath; the ground is strewn with the splinters and relics of the weapons of hell’s warfare, which are only visible to us to remind us of our former danger, and of our great deliverance. Sin has no more dominion over us. Jesus has made an end of it and put it away forever. O enemy, your destructive forces are come to a perpetual end. You who make mention of his name, talk of all the wondrous works of the Lord: do not be silent, neither by day, nor when the sun goes to his rest. Bless the Lord, O my soul.