What a balm for the soul it has been to spend the past few weeks studying and discussing the atonement during our teaching hour on the Lord’s Day. My heart is always warmed in discussion of sacred truths with God’s people. The past few weeks we have been doing biblical theology together as we looked at the Passover in Exodus 12, the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16, and the suffering Servant in Isaiah 53.
For the next three weeks we will transition into a study of the atonement from the perspective of systematic theology and we will also ask what significance the atonement has for how a Christian lives their life.
At this mid-way point of our atonement study, I thought I would offer this quote from Spurgeon to further encourage our contemplation of the cross:
“Trembling sinner, look to Jesus, and thou art saved. Dost thou say, ‘My sins are many’? His atonement is wondrous. Dost thou cry, ‘My heart is hard’? Jesus can soften it. Dost thou exclaim, ‘Alas, I am so unworthy’? Jesus loves the unworthy. Dost thou feel, ‘I am so vile’? It is the vile Jesus came to save. Down with thee, sinner; down, down with thyself, and up with Christ, who hath suffered for thy sins upon Calvary’s cross. Turn thine eye thither; see Jesus only. He suffers. He bleeds. He dies. He is buried. He rises again. He ascends on high. Trust him, and thou art safe. Give up all other trusts, and rely on Jesus alone, alone on Jesus, and thou shalt pass from death unto life. This is the sure sign, the certain evidence of the Spirit’s indwelling, of the Father’s election, of the Son’s redemption, when the soul is brought simply and wholly to rest and trust in Jesus Christ, who ‘hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.'”
– quoted in Pierced For Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Atonement, p. 159.