The King of Misery & the Emperor of Woe!

"Behold the man!" - John 19:5

by Spurgeon

If there is one place where our Lord Jesus most
fully becomes the joy and comfort of his people, it
is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe.

Come here, gracious souls, and behold the man in
the garden of Gethsemane- behold his heart so brimming
with love that he cannot hold it in- so full of sorrow that
it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distills
from every pore of his body, and falls upon the ground.

Behold the man as they drive
the nails into his hands and feet.

Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful
image of your suffering Lord. Mark him, as the ruby
drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with
priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery!

Behold the man when all his bones are out of joint,
and he is poured out like water and brought into the
dust of death. God has forsaken him, and hell
compasses him about.

Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like
unto this sorrow that is done unto him?

All you that pass by draw near and look upon this
spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder
to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched!

Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or
rival in his agonies! Gaze upon him, you mourners,
for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ,
there is no joy in earth or heaven.

If in the ransom price of his blood there be not hope,
you harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the
right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore.

We have only to sit more continually at the cross-foot
to be less troubled with our doubts and woes.

We have but to see his sorrows, and our
sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention.

We have but to gaze into his wounds and heal our own!

If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation
of his death. If we would rise to dignity, it must be by
considering his humiliation and his sorrow.