(Spurgeon, "Bought with a Price" #1004)
"For God bought you with a high price."
1 Cor. 6:20
Refresh in your souls a sense of the fact
that you are "bought with a high price."
There in the midnight hour, amid the olives of
Gethsemane, kneels Immanuel the Son of God;
he groans, he pleads in prayer, he wrestles.
See the beady drops stand on his brow, drops
of sweat, but not of such sweat as pours from
men when they earn the bread of life, but the
sweat of him who is procuring life itself for us.
It is blood! It is crimson blood! Great gouts of
it are falling to the ground! O soul, your Savior
speaks to you from out Gethsemane at this hour,
and he says: "Here and thus I bought you with a
price." Come, stand and view him in the agony of
the olive garden, and understand at what a cost
he procured your deliverance.
Track him in all his path of shame and sorrow until
you see him at Gabbatha. Mark how they bind
his hands and fasten him to the whipping-post. See,
they bring the scourges and the cruel Roman whips;
they tear his flesh; the ploughers make deep furrows
on his blessed body, and the blood gushes forth in
streams, while rivulets from his temples, where the
crown of thorns has pierced them, join to swell the
purple stream. From beneath the scourges he speaks
to you with accents soft and low, and he says, "My
child, it is here and thus I bought you with a price."
But see him on the cross itself when the consummation
of all has come. His hands and feet are fountains of
blood, his soul is full of anguish even to heartbreak;
and there, before the soldier pierces with a spear his
side, bowing down he whispers to you and to me,
"It was here and thus, I bought you with a high price."
O by Gethsemane, by Gabbatha, by Golgotha, by
every sacred name collected with the passion of our
Lord; by sponge and vinegar, and nail and spear,
and everything that enlarged the pain and increased
the anguish of his death, I implore you, my beloved
brethren, to remember that you were "bought with
a high price," and "are not your own."