That man of sorrows is the Savior of the
by Gardiner Spring
O! who was it that suffered?
What did he suffer?
For whom did he suffer?
Think of Him- the Father's fellow,
and the church's Shepherd.
Think of the Garden and the Cross, and see
how they demonstrate, on the one hand,
the enormity of our guilt, and on the other,
the force of his Almighty love.
Think of the debased and abject character of those
for whom he died- men born in sin, forgetful of
every obligation, and the enemies of God!
That man of sorrows is the Savior of the world!
That naked, bleeding victim, is the Mighty
Champion and Conqueror of death and hell!
O what triumphs of love, of holiness, of heaven
were there, when the earth trembled; and the sun
grew dark; and the veil of the temple was rent in
twain from the top to the bottom; and the rocks
rent asunder; and the graves gave up their dead;
and hell itself was moved with terror; and the
Great Redeemer exclaimed, "It is finished."
Christ is precious to those that believe!
Abraham "rejoiced to see Christ's day,
and he saw it and was glad."
Moses esteemed him more precious
that all the treasures of Egypt.
David esteemed him "fairer than the children of men."
The Church in her divine songs speaks of him as the
"rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys;" as "the
chief among ten thousand and altogether lovely;"
and as the one whom "her soul loves."
The wise men of the East adored him.
Simeon took him up in his arms, and said,
"Now Lord, let you your servant depart in peace,
for my eyes have seen your salvation!"
And to holy men wherever found, Jesus is precious.
"The upright love you."
"Whom having not seen, they love; in whom,
though now they see him not, yet believing, they
rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
In all your duties and trials he will be precious.
When the world loses its charms, he will become
more glorious and lovely than ever. When death
invades, he will become its mighty conqueror.
When you sleep beneath the clods of the valley,
he will be the resurrection and the life. When
the books shall be opened, and small and great
shall stand before God, the precious Saviour shall
come in the clouds of heaven, and you shall go to
be ever with the Lord; he shall be doubly precious,
and more and more precious through interminable ages!