How many of us have a skull as our end destination? Many of us have trials and tribulations to go through, but how many of us went to the hill of the skull? How apropos. Leonard Ravenhill said something very good one time: ‘When you saw someone going out of the city with a cross on his back, you knew he wasn’t coming back.’
Jesus’ journey was a one way affair. There was no turning back for Him. No back door, no loop-holes that would have allowed Him to live to a ripe old age. Just that hill and that cross. Jesus absorbed the entire cup of God’s anger and pent-up wrath, reserved for us and drank it dry. Every drop was taken with cheerfulness and willingness. Jesus took our punishment, our death and embraced it. Yes, He laid down His life for us, yes, He died for us…how have you thanked Him?
How have you lived your life in thanksgiving to Him for taking your sin? You walk clean, sanctified, justified and free from sin because He made that decision…NEVERTHELESS…remember?
He went to the cross, He went to the skull and He died for YOU. Should not we obey and die daily for Him?
The whole of the punishment of his people was distilled into one cup; no mortal lip might give it so much as a solitary sip. When he put it to his own lips, it was so bitter, he well nigh spurned it.—“Let this cup pass from me.” But his love for his people was so strong, that he took the cup in both his hands, and…
A steady spiritual view of the glory of Christ by faith, will give them a gracious revival from inward decays, and fresh springs of grace, even in their latter days. A truth this is, as we shall see, confirmed by Scripture, with the joyful experience of multitudes of believers, and is of great importance unto all that are so.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” Ephesians 1:4, 5
It is a very solemn but a very true assertion, that no man can quicken his own soul; and it is an equally solemn, we might almost say, a tremendous truth, that the gospel only comes in power to those whom God has chosen unto eternal life. Indeed the one flows from the other; for if no man can quicken his own soul, it necessarily follows it must be of sovereign grace that it is quickened at all. Once you allow the fall, and acknowledge that a man is by nature so thoroughly dead in trespasses and sins that he cannot raise himself up out of this state to newness of life, then the doctrine of election necessarily follows.
A living soul may reason thus: “Am I quickened? Yes. Did I quicken myself? No. I could not; for I was dead in sin. Did God then quicken me? Who but He could have given life to my dead soul? But why did He quicken me, when dead in sins? Because He loved me, and chose me in Christ to be an heir of His eternal glory.” Whether, however, you can speak thus or not, there is no doubt that the Lord has a people who are dear to Him, and to whom He makes himself dear. These, though despised of, or unnoticed by men, are the elect of God; and if you be a vessel of mercy whom He has thus chosen to eternal life, the gospel either has already come, or, in His own time and way, will be made to come with power to your heart and conscience.