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Morning and Evening

For the evening of July 6th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"How many are mine iniquities and sins?" --Job 13:23

Have you ever really weighed and considered how great the sin of God's people is? Think how heinous is your own transgression,and you will find that not only does a sin here and there towerup like an alp, but that your iniquities are heaped upon eachother, as in the old fable of the giants who piled Pelian uponOssa, mountain upon mountain. What an aggregate of sin there isin the life of one of the most sanctified of God's children!Attempt to multiply this, the sin of one only, by the multitudeof the redeemed, "a number which no man can number," and youwill have some conception of the great mass of the guilt of thepeople for whom Jesus shed His blood. But we arrive at a moreadequate idea of the magnitude of sin by the greatness of theremedy provided. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, God's only andwell-beloved Son. God's Son! Angels cast their crowns beforeHim! All the choral symphonies of heaven surround His gloriousthrone. "God over all, blessed for ever. Amen." And yet Hetakes upon Himself the form of a servant, and is scourged andpierced, bruised and torn, and at last slain; since nothing butthe blood of the incarnate Son of God could make atonement forour offences. No human mind can adequately estimate the infinitevalue of the divine sacrifice, for great as is the sin of God'speople, the atonement which takes it away is immeasurablygreater. Therefore, the believer, even when sin rolls like ablack flood, and the remembrance of the past is bitter, can yetstand before the blazing throne of the great and holy God, andcry, "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yearather, that hath risen again." While the recollection of hissin fills him with shame and sorrow, he at the same time makesit a foil to show the brightness of mercy--guilt is the darknight in which the fair star of divine love shines with serenesplendour.

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