Christ's Love to Poor Sinners
by Thomas Brooks
The apostle, being in a holy admiration of Christ's love,
affirms it to pass knowledge, that God, who is the eternal
Being, should love man when he had scarcely a being,
that he should be enamored with deformity,
that he should love us when in our blood,
that he should pity us when no eye pitied us, no,
not even our own.
Oh, such was Christ's transcendent love,
that man's extreme misery could not abate it.
The deploredness of man's condition did but
heighten the holy flame of Christ's love.
It is as high as heaven, who can reach it?
It is as low as hell, who can understand it?
Heaven, through its glory, could not contain him,
nor hell's torments make him refrain,
such was his perfect matchless love to fallen man.
That Christ's love should extend to the ungodly,
to sinners, to enemies that were in arms of rebellion
against him, yes, not only so, but that he should hug
them in his arms, lodge them in his bosom,
dandle them upon his knees,
and lay them to his breasts,
that they may suck and be satisfied,
is the highest improvement of love, Isa lxvi. 11-13.
That Christ should come from the eternal bosom of his Father,
to a region of sorrow and death;
that God should be manifested in the flesh;
the Creator made a creature;
that he that was clothed with glory,
should be wrapped with rags of flesh;
that he that filled heaven, should be cradled in a manger;
that the God of Israel should flee into Egypt;
that the God of strength should be weary;
that the judge of all flesh should be condemned;
that the God of life should be put to death;
that he that is one with his Father, should cry out of misery,
'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me!'
that he that had the keys of hell and death,
should lie imprisoned in the sepulchre of another;
having, in his lifetime, nowhere to lay his head;
nor after death, to lay his body--
and all this for man,
for fallen man,
for miserable man,
for worthless man,
is beyond the thought!
The sharp, the universal and continual sufferings of our Lord
Jesus Christ, from the cradle to the cross, does above all other
things speak out the transcendent love of Jesus Christ
to poor sinners.
that great wrath,
that fierce wrath,
that pure wrath,
that infinite wrath,
that matchless wrath of an angry God,
that was so terribly impressed upon the soul of Christ,
and yet all this wrath he patiently underwent,
that sinners might be saved,
and that 'he might bring many sons unto glory,' Heb. ii. 10.
Oh wonder of love!
So it was love that made our dear Lord Jesus lay down his life,
to save us from hell and to bring us to heaven.
As the pelican, out of her love to her young ones,
when they are bitten with serpents,
feeds them with her own blood to recover them again;
so when we were bitten by the old serpent,
and our wound incurable,
and we in danger of eternal death,
then did our dear Lord Jesus,
that he might recover us and heal us,
feed us with his own blood, Gen. iii. 15; John vi. 53-56.
Oh love unspeakable!
It was only the golden link of love that
fastened Christ to the cross,
and that made him die freely for us,
and that made him willing to be 'numbered among transgressors,'
that we might be numbered among the 'general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.'
Christ's love is beyond all measure,
for time did not begin it,
and time shall never end it;
place does not bound it,
sin does not exceed it,
no estate, no age, no sex is denied it,
tongues cannot express it,
understandings cannot conceive it.
And yet Christ's love has led him to all this;
so that well may we spend all our days in admiring
and adoring of this wonderful love,
and be always ravished with the thoughts of it.