LOVE HIS 'PERSON' BEST!
From Spurgeon's, "Christ in the Covenant"
I am persuaded, beloved, we think a great deal more of
Christ's 'gifts' than we do of Christ.
And I am also assured that we talk a great deal more about
the offices, and works, and attributes of Christ than we do
about the 'person' of Christ.
Hence it is that there are few of us who can often understand
the figures that are used in Solomon's Song, concerning the
person of Christ, because we have seldom sought to see him
or desired to know him.
But, O believer, you have sometimes been able to behold
Have you not seen 'him', who is white and ruddy,
"the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely?"
Have you not been sometimes lost in pleasure when you have
seen his feet, which are like much fine gold, as if they burned
in a furnace?
Have you ever beheld that Lord with the nail-print in his
hands, and the mark still on his side?
And have you ever been ravished at his loving smile,
and been delighted at his voice?
Have you never had love visits from him?
Has he never put his banner over you?
Have you never walked with him to the villages and the
garden of nuts?
Have you never sat under his shadow?
have you never found his fruit sweet unto your taste?
Yes, you have.
His 'person' then is yours.
The wife loves her husband-- she loves his house and his
property; she loves him for all that he gives her, for all the
bounty he confers, and all the love he bestows.
But his 'person' is the object of her affections.
So with the believer- he blesses Christ for all he does and all
he is. But oh! it is Christ that is everything!
He does not care so much about his office, as he does about
'the Man' Christ.
See the child on his father's knee- the father is a professor in
the university; he is a great man with many titles, and perhaps
the child knows that these are honorable titles, and esteems
him for them; but the child does not care so much about the
professor and his dignity, as about the 'person' of his father.
It is not the college square cap, or the gown that the child
loves; ay, and if it be a loving child it will not be so much the
meal the father provides, or the house in which it lives, as the
'father' which it loves; it is his dear 'person' that has become
the object of true and hearty affection.
I am sure it is so with you, if you know your Savior--
you love his mercies, you love his offices, you love his deeds,
but oh! YOU WILL LOVE HIS 'PERSON' BEST!