Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Glory of Christ, part 2

More from Charles Spurgeon on the glory of Christ:
"Come unto me, all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
~ Matthew 11:28

Jesus Christ says to all who labour and are heavy laden, "Come unto me, and I will give you rest." This invitation implies a movement, - a movement from something to something. You are bidden to come away from whatever else you have been trusting in, and to move towards Christ, and trust to him; and when you do so, he will give you rest. . . . And if you, dear friend, have come to Christ, and trusted him, you have received that rest and peace which he delights to give; you have found the kernel of the nut, you have reached the essence and the root of the whole matter. If your heart has abandoned all other confidences, and is just depending upon Jesus Christ, you have found eternal life, and that eternal life will never be taken away from you. Therefore, rejoice in it.

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Come now and just receive from [Jesus Christ], and glorify him by receiving. O sun, thou givest light; but not till God makes thee shine! O moon, thou art gladdening the evening; yet not with thine own brilliance, but only with borrowed light! O fields, ye yield your harvests; but the great Husbandman creates your grain! O earth, thou art full; but only full of the goodness of the Lord! Everything receives from God, and praises him because it does receive. So let my weary heart lie still beneath the showers of love; let my heavy laden soul rest in Christ, and gladden him by being glad in him.

From the sermon "The Old Gospel For The New Century," delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, London, on Lord's-day Evening, December 5th, 1880.

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