COMFORT, CONSOLATION, CALVARY...
-Spurgeon, "Justification by Grace"
The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house
of consolation is built with the wood of the cross;
the temple of heavenly cordials is founded upon the
riven rock, riven by the spear which pierced its side.
No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul
like the scene on Calvary.
Nowhere does the soul ever find such consolation
as on that very spot where misery reigned, where
woe triumphed, where agony reached its climax.
There grace has dug a fountain, which ever gushes with
waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the
woes and the agonies of mankind.
You have had your seasons of woe, my brethren and my
sisters in Christ Jesus; and you will confess it was not at
Olivet that you ever found comfort, not on the hill of Sinai,
nor on Tabor; but Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha
have been a means of comfort to you.
The bitter herbs of Gethsemane have often taken away the
bitters of your life; the scourge of Gabbatha hath often
scourged away your cares, and the groans of Calvary have
put all other groans to flight.