Lately, I’ve been getting into C.H. Spurgeon, the great London Baptist minister, a little more. I guess you can credit Mark Driscoll in Seattle for that encouragement. Spurgeon was an amazing man of God, the “Prince of Preachers,” and a simply, a tremendous communicator. Right now, I’m reading a biography of Spurgeon by Arnold Dallimore. It is wonderful; I commend it to you. Also, Spurgeon published a devotional book, in which he commentates on two passages a day called Morning and Evening. So, from time to time, hopefully two to four times a month, I’ll have “The Best of Spurgeon” post for everyone to take joy in–whether it be from the devotional or a sermon or some other source. Praise God for Spurgeon’s words and may they lead you to the Treasure of Jesus, and not an idolization of Spurgeon.
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Psalm 89:19 (ESV), Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said, “I have granted help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.”
Why was Christ chosen out of the people? Speak, my heart, for heart-thoughts are best. Was it not that He might be able to be our brother in the blest tie of kindred blood? Oh, what relationship there is between Christ and the believer! The believer can say, ‘I have a Brother in heaven; I may be poor, but I have a Brother who is rich, and is a King, and will He suffer me to want while He is on His throne? Oh no! He loves me; He is my brother.’ Believer, wear this blessed though, like a necklace of diamonds, around the neck of thy memory; put it, as a golden ring, on the finger of recollection, and use it as the King’s own seal, stamping the petitions of thy faith with confidence of success. He is a brother born for adversity, treat Him as such.
Christ was also chosen out of the people that He might know our wants and sympathise with us. ‘He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin.’ In all our sorrows we have His sympathy. Temptation, pain disappointment, weakness, weariness, poverty–He knows them all, for He has felt all. Remember this, Christian, and let it comfort thee. However difficult and painful thy road, it is marked by the footsteps of thy Saviour; and even when thou reachest the dark valley of the shadow of death, and the deep waters of the swelling Jordan, thou wilt find His footprints there. In all places whithersover we go, He has been our forerunner; each burden we have to carry, has once been laid on the shoulders of Immanuel.
‘His way was much rougher and darker than mine;
Did Christ, my Lord, suffer, and shall I repine?’
Take courage! Royal feet have left a blood-red track upon the road, and consecrated the thorny path for ever.